KLIATT - KLIATT ReviewThe contrasting primary source article excerpts on up-to-date issues in these new volumes will help students form their own opinions and gather information for research papers and debates. Violence Against Women looks at whether it is a serious problem in the US, what causes it, whether current approaches to reducing it are effective, and the extent of violence against women worldwide. Capital Punishment considers whether capital punishment is ethical, whether it is administered fairly, and whether it is an effective deterrent to crime. Homosexuality considers the origins of homosexuality, whether people with alternative lifestyles face discrimination, if society should encourage increased acceptance of homosexuality, and if government should sanction gay and lesbian relationships. Online Social Networking asks whether parents should limit teens' use of social networking websites, whether Congress should require schools and libraries to block networking sites, who is using online social networking (including sexual predators, bullies, Christians, and others), and how online social networking is changing society. Developing Nations looks at the problems facing developing nations and how globalization might help them, asks if democracy can succeed in developing nations, and ponders how industrialized nations should aid the developing world. Espionage and Intelligence debates whether the US espionage and intelligence-gathering system has been successful, whether post-9/11 reforms of the US intelligence system will be effective, whether intelligence-gathering activities threaten civil or human rights, and what can be done to improve USintelligence-gathering abilities. Sex Offenders and Public Policy examines whether sex offender policy is based on accurate assumptions, whether treatment is effective, controversies, and how policies can be improved. The authors of the books in the Current Controversies series range from policy makers to attorneys, professors, and journalists, and each is briefly described at the start of the articles. An introduction and chapter prefaces help explain the issues, and there is an annotated list of organizations to contact at the end. The timely topics will help draw students to these useful resources. Age Range: Ages 15 to adult. REVIEWER: Paula Rohrlick (Vol. 42, No. 1)
School Library JournalGr 10 Up-This well-researched, unbiased anthology includes a variety of provocative articles and essays that are sure to invite criticism, discussion, and debate. The selections are organized into four long chapters, including "Should Society Encourage Increased Acceptance of Homosexuality?" and "Is Homosexuality Immoral?" The contents, index, and bibliography are clear, helpful, and easy to follow, and there is a lengthy, annotated list of "Organizations to Contact" for additional information. A few cartoons are included. A noteworthy achievement for serious students.-Robert Gray, East Central Regional Library, Cambridge, MN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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