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Overview

For undergraduate survey courses in social problems.

Features an applied approach that looks at the interplay between research and policy in finding solutions, along with a built-in student study guide.

Sullivan’s Introduction to Social Problems explores the nature and extent of social problems, documents the advances and setbacks that we have made as a society, and analyzes what works and what doesn't work regarding solutions to today's problems. The author, an applied sociologist, shows how scientific research is used to address and correct some of the most difficult and controversial problems confronting the United States and the world today.

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"The book covers the right topics for the course. It is logically organized. I am very impressed with the author's ability to present concepts and various perspectives in an illuminating way."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205841769
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/24/2011
  • Series: MySocKit Series
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 333,390
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Sullivan is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Michigan University , specializing in social psychology, research methods, applied sociology, and medical sociology. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from San Francisco State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara . He is the author of Sociology: Concepts and Applications in a Diverse World, 8th ed. (Allyn and Bacon, 2009), Methods of Social Research ( Wadsworth , 2001), and Applied Sociology: Research and Critical Thinking (Allyn & Bacon, 1992); he is the co-author of Applied Social Research: Tool for the Human Services, 8th ed. (Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2011). He has published articles in Social Science and Medicine and Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. His applied research has focused on evaluation research of social service delivery in elementary schools and of teen pregnancy prevention and intervention services. He has served in various elected and appointed positions for the American Sociological Association, the Society for Applied Sociology, and the Midwest Sociological Society.
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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1. BRIEF

2. COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

CHAPTER 1: Approaches to the Study of Social Problems

CHAPTER 2: Growth of Corporate and Government Power

CHAPTER 3: Family-Related Problems

CHAPTER 4: Health and Illness

CHAPTER 5: Education, Science, and Technology

CHAPTER 6: Poverty

CHAPTER 7: Race and Ethnic Relations

CHAPTER 8: Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Social Inequality

CHAPTER 9: Age And Social Inequality

CHAPTER 10: Crime and Delinquency

CHAPTER 11: Alcohol and Other Drugs

CHAPTER 12: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Trade

CHAPTER 13: Population Growth and Urbanization

CHAPTER 14: Environmental Problems

CHAPTER 15: Violence, War, and Terrorism

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Contents

Preface

About the Author

CHAPTER 1: Approaches to the Study of Social Problems

What Is a Social Problem?

Theoretical Perspectives on Social Problems

Research on Social Problems

APPLIED RESEARCH: U ntangling Myths and Facts About Social Problems

Future Prospects: Solving Social Problems

POLICY ISSUES: Domestic Violence: How to Intervene?

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 2: Growth of Corporate and Government Power

Types of Economic Systems

MYTHS AND FACTS: About Business and Government

The Concentration of Economic and Political Power

Perspectives on the Concentration of Power

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Global Economic Concentration

APPLIED RESEARCH Corporate Concentration and Globalization of the Media

Problems Created by the Concentration of Power

Future Prospects

Policy issues What Role Should the Government Play in the Global Economy?

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 3: Family-Related Problems

The Family in Society

MYTHS AND FACTS About the Family

APPLIED RESEARCH Day Care: Problem or Solution?

Attitudes Toward Marriage and the Family

Divorce

Diverse Family Lifestyles

Violence in the Family

POLICY ISSUES Should Gay and Lesbian Families Be Legitimized?

Constructing Family Problems: Media Images

Future Prospects

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Families and Children in Other Societies

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 4: Health and Illness

Perspectives on Health Care

MYTHS AND FACTS About Health and Health Care

Health, Illness, and Society

APPLIED RESEARCH Combating the Spread of AIDS

Mental Illness

Problems in Health Care

Bioethics: Technology and Health

Future Prospects

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Paying for Health Care in Other Societies

POLICY ISSUES Should Health Care Be for Profit?

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 5: Education, Science, and Technology

MYTHS AND FACTS About Education, Science, and Technology

Growth of Education and Technology

Perspectives on Education, Science, and Technology

Problems in Education

APPLIED RESEARCH Evaluating the Equality of Educational Opportunities in the United States

Problems of Science and Technology

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES Biotechnology Raises the Issue: Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Education in Other Societies

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 6: Poverty

The Extent of Poverty

MYTHS AND FACTS About the Poor

Who Are the Poor?

The Causes of Poverty

APPLIED RESEARCH Structural Sources of Entrenched Poverty

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES Welfare Reform: How Well Is It Working?

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Poverty and Welfare in Other Societies

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 7: Race and Ethnic Relations

Minority Groups

MYTHS AND FACTS About Race and Ethnicity

Sources of Prejudice and Discrimination

Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the United States

APPLIED RESEARCH Combating Prejudice and Discrimination

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES Should the Government Intervene to Improve Opportunities for Minorities?

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Switzerland : Cooperation in a Multiethnic Society

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 8: Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Social Inequality

Men and Women in Society

MYTHS AND FACTS About Gender Inequality

The Socialization of Men and Women

APPLIED RESEARCH Fighting Sexism in Higher Education

The Extent of Gender Inequality in the United States

A Global Perspective on Gender Inequality

Homosexuality and Homophobia

Future Prospects

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES The Treatment of Women in Other Societies

POLICY ISSUES Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 9: Age And Social Inequality

Age, Life Course, and Social Structure

MYTHS AND FACTS About Age and Sexual Orientation

Problems of the Young

APPLIED RESEARCH How Well Off Are Children and Youth in the United States?

Problems of the Elderly

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES Should Medicare or Social Security Be Based on Age Rather than Need?

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Public and Familial Assistance for the Elderly in Other Societies

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 10: Crime and Delinquency

Explanations of Crime

MYTHS AND FACTS About Crime

Types of Crime

Who Are the Criminals?

The Criminal Justice System

APPLIED RESEARCH Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?

POLICY ISSUES Should States Let Private Companies Run Correctional Facilities?

Future Prospects

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Crime in Other Societies

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 11: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drugs and Their Consequences

MYTHS AND FACTS About Drug Abuse

The Extent of Drug Abuse in the United States

APPLIED RESEARCH Discovering the Role of Drugs in Crime and Violence

Explanations of Drug Abuse

Future Prospects

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES The Political Economy of the Global Drug Trade

POLICY ISSUES Should Drug Use Be Decriminalized in the United States?

Study and Review

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CHAPTER 12: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Trade

Variety in Human Sexuality

MYTHS AND FACTS About Prostitution and Pornography

Prostitution

Pornography

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES The Global Sex Industry

Perspectives on Sexual Deviance

APPLIED RESEARCH Does Pornography Lead to Violence Against Women?

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES How Should We Regulate Pornography in an Internet and Cell Phone World?

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 13: Population Growth and Urbanization

MYTHS AND FACTS About Population Growth and Urbanization

Population Growth

The Growth of Cities

Perspectives on Population and Urban Problems

Consequences of World Population Growth

Problems in Cities of the United States

APPLIED RESEARCH Working to Improve Urban Life

Future Prospects

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Population Policy and Family Planning in China

POLICY ISSUES Should the Government Regulate Growth and Development in Urban Areas?

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 14: Environmental Problems

The Ecosystem

MYTHS AND FACTS About the Environment

Social Sources of Environmental Problems

Perspectives on Environmental Problems

The Social Construction of Environmental Problems

Extent of Environmental Problems

APPLIED RESEARCH Assessing the Extent of Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and Pollution

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES Do We Need Government Regulation to Control Environmental Problems?

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Environmental Practices and Policies in Other Societies

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

CHAPTER 15: Violence, War, and Terrorism

The Extent of Violence

MYTHS AND FACTS About Collective Violence and War

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES The Global Arms Trade and the Military–Industrial Complex

Explanations of Collective Violence and War

APPLIED RESEARCH The Social Roots of Terrorist Violence

The Consequences of War and Terrorism

Future Prospects

POLICY ISSUES War and Terrorism in a Nuclear Age

Study and Review

Researching Social Problems on the Internet

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