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Introduction to Social Problems, 8/E

Thomas J. Sullivan, Northern Michigan University

ISBN-10: 0205578780

This social problems text 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 as a society have made, 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.

Highlights to the new edition include:

  • A new discussion in Chapter 2 on the role of corporate opposition in the decline of unions and the focus of the global labor movement on the concept of labor rights for all people
  • A new discussion in Chapter 2 on the trend toward the privatization of government action on social problems
  • A new section in Chapter 6 on the Arab American experience as an ethnic group taking into account developments since 9/11
  • An expanded discussion in Chapter 13 on the problem of global warming and climate change
  • An updated discussion of terrorism in Chapter 14 on developments since the beginning of the Iraq War
  • A presentation of new research in Chapter 15 on the effectiveness of charter schools and vouchers in educating children
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205578788
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Series: MySocKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,219,514
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Approaches to the Study of Social Problems 2
Ch. 2 Growth of Corporate and Government Power 34
Ch. 3 Family-Related Problems 78
Ch. 4 Health and Illness 118
Ch. 5 Poverty 164
Ch. 6 Race and Ethnic Relations 202
Ch. 7 Gender and Social Inequality 240
Ch. 8 Age and Social Inequality 278
Ch. 9 Crime and Delinquency 314
Ch. 10 Alcohol and Other Drugs 354
Ch. 11 Sexual Behavior 394
Ch. 12 Population Growth and Urbanization 432
Ch. 13 Environmental Problems 472
Ch. 14 Violence, War, and Terrorism 508
Ch. 15 Emerging Issues: Science and Technology 546
Glossary 581
Bibliography 589
Photo Credits 625
Name Index 627
Subject Index 639
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