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How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? / Edition 1
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How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? / Edition 1

by James A. Crone
 

ISBN-10: 1412940664

ISBN-13: 9781412940665

Pub. Date: 12/12/2006

Publisher: SAGE Publications

How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? discusses how we can take specific, realistic steps to solve a number of the world's social problems. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout, and without moralizing, describes what could be done to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. The suggestions in this

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How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? discusses how we can take specific, realistic steps to solve a number of the world's social problems. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout, and without moralizing, describes what could be done to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. The suggestions in this book help students realize that we can take action-we can take steps to solve our social problems. Key Features: *Presents a theory of conflict and social change: The author introduces his own theory replete with theoretical propositions and causal model so readers can more readily see the process of a social problem and where it is along the path of being solved. *Gives students studying social problems a sense of hope: Realistic suggestions help readers realize that a number of tangible steps can be taken to solve or at least ameliorate our social problems. *Examines eleven specific social problems in American society: The book examines such issues as poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, unequal education, environmental problems, and much more, and illustrates how solving one social problem can also help ameliorate another social problem. *Encourages students to think sociologically: While each social problem described is tied back to a theoretical perspective, students are encouraged to gain an appreciation of how social conditions greatly affect what we think, what we believe, and how we act.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412940665
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Author
Acknowledgments
1. Preparing to Solve Our Social Problems
What Is a Social Problem?
History of Studying Social Problems
Teaching about Social Problems in Today's World
How Can Sociologists Address Social Problems and Yet Remain Objective?
What Social Problem Should We Solve First?
How Might Sociological Theory Help Us to Solve Social Problems?
A Theory of Conflict and Social Change: A Way to Better Understand and Therefore
Solve Our Social Problems
Causal Model: A Picture of Our Theory
My Own Theoretical Orientation
Other Sociological Theories to Help Us Understand and Solve Social Problems
Concluding Thoughts on Theory and Social Problems
Addressing Social Problems Within Capitalism
The Next Chapter
2. Barriers, Possibilities, and How Can Sociology Help
Barriers To Solving Our Social Problems
Possibilities for Solving Our Social Problems
How Can Sociology Help to Solve Social Problems?
3. How Can We Solve the Problem of Increasing Inequality?
Definition and Statistics
Causes of Growing Inequality
Consequences of Growing Inequality
Options We Have With Inequality
What Should We Do?
4. How Can We Solve the Problem of Poverty?
Assumptions We Can Make About Solving Poverty
What Can We Do?
Concluding on an Optimistic Note
5. How Can We Solve the Problem of Racial/Ethnic Inequality?
Now and Where to Next?
What Might Racial/Ethnic Equality Mean?
What More Can We Do?
6. How Can We Solve the Problem of Gender Inequality?
Causes of Continuing Income Inequality
What Can We Do?
Concluding Thoughts
7. How CanWe Solve the Problem of Unequal Education?
What Can We Do?
Problems That Prevent Us From Having Excellent Public Schools
Tax Money for Schools
Positive Consequences
What Will Not Work if We Want Excellent Public Education: The Voucher System
8. How Can We Solve the Problem of Crime?
What We Can Do?
A Dilemma: Capitalism and Crime
9. How Can We Solve the Problem of Drugs?
Keep the Current Policy
Legalize Drugs for Adults
Take a Step-by-Step Approach by Legalizing One Drug at a Time
Where to Go From Here?
10. How Can We Solve the Problem of Health Care?
Consequences of Our Problem
Why Don't We Have a National Health Care System Like All Other Industrial Nations?
Possible Social Conditions Leading to a New Health Care System
Criteria for a New Health Care System
Elements of a New Health Care System to Satisfy These Criteria
Advantages of a National Health Care System
Disadvantages and Costs of a National Health Care System
What Other Countries Include in Their National Health Care Systems
The Future: What Could Happen?
11. How Can We Solve the Problems of Families?
Decreasing Inequality to Help Families
Decreasing Poverty to Help Families
Enough Jobs and Enough Decent-Paying Jobs
Creating Racial/Ethnic Equality to Help Families
Creating Gender Equality to Help Families
Creating Good-Quality Education for All Students to Help Families
Decreasing Crime to Help Families
Changing the Way We Deal With Drugs to Help Families
Creating a National Health Care System to Help Families
Including Homosexual Couples to Help Families
Educating Students to Help Families
Educating Parents to Help Families
Summary of What We Can Do To Help Families
12: How Can We Solve the World's Population Problem?
Causes of the World's Population Problem
What Can We Do?
Where Are We?
13. How Can We Solve the World's Environmental Problems?
Consequences
What Can We Do?
Conclusion
14. Solving Our Social Problems: Predictions and Conclusions
A Number of Similar Social Conditions
Defining A Social Condition as a Social Problem
Legitimation
Values and Vested Interests
Loss of Control Over the Social Problem
Attention and Resources
Someone Will Be Dissatisfied
Compromise
Becoming Accustomed to Social Change
Capitalism and Social Problems
Environment, Population, and Standard of Living
Building a Sustainable Society
Conclusion
Index

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