Extraordinary Behavior: A Case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems

Extraordinary Behavior: A Case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems

by Dennis L. Peck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275970159

ISBN-13: 9780275970154

Pub. Date: 10/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This unique collection of case studies introduces readers to many of the common yet extraordinary social problems in contemporary American society. Employing a symbolic interaction approach to the case studies, the authors identify the origins of the problems, define the issues, and explore the outcomes and potential remedies. The case studies themselves introduce

Overview

This unique collection of case studies introduces readers to many of the common yet extraordinary social problems in contemporary American society. Employing a symbolic interaction approach to the case studies, the authors identify the origins of the problems, define the issues, and explore the outcomes and potential remedies. The case studies themselves introduce readers to the very personal side of the problems as the emotions, actions, and perceptions of the subjects are revealed and analyzed. The problems studied here are organized into three categories— health-related issues, family issues, and behavior beyond the boundaries—and include many problems that often receive too little attention in the existing literature, making this book an original and timely contribution.

Each of the three sections is preceded by a general review of the chapters to follow and offers readers a prelude to the exploration of human thought, language, and behavior captured and illustrated in the case studies. In the first section of the book, problems covered include suicide, anorexia nervosa, alcohol and drug abuse, and AIDS/STDs. The second section covers teenage mothers, domestic violence, divorce and poverty, child support and deadbeat dads, and homelessness. The last section focuses on sexual harassment, equal protection and racial exclusion, prostitution, career criminals, mass murder, and serial killers. This book represents a fresh new approach and a welcome addition to the study of social problems in America today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275970154
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2000
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Health Related Issues

Suicide by Dennis L. Peck

Anorexia Nervosa by Diane E. Taub and Penelope A. McLorg

Alcohol/Drug Abuse by Celia Chun-Nui Lo and Gerald Globetti

AIDS/STDs by Mary Rose Mueller

Family Issues

Teenage Mothers by Norman A. Dolch, Kelly E. Orr, and Julie Ezernack

Spousal Abuse/Domestic Violence by Melanie L. Miller

Divorce and Poverty by N. Ree Wells

Child Support/Dead Beat Dads by Kimberly A. Folse

Homelessness by John Bolland and Deborah M. McCallum

Behavior Beyond the Boundaries

Sexual Harassment by Beverly E. Thorn

Equal Protection and Racial Exclusion by Larry D. Hall and Audwin L. Anderson

Prostitution by Thomas C. Calhoun and Greg S. Weaver

Career Criminals by Ronald Jones

Mass Murder by Thomas A. Petee, Kathy G. Padgett, and Thomas S. York

Serial Killers by James A. Sparks

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