Introduction to Social Problems / Edition 8

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Overview

This book is an economical introduction to social problems with a built-in study guide, emphasizing an applied approach that looks at the interplay between research and policy in finding solutions. This book 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 todays problems. This straightforward book helps readers study this constantly changing field by applying social science research to the solutions of some of the most difficult and controversial problems confronting the United States and the world today. Designed for those interested in social problems, sociology or social sciences.
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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: 1,244,292
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.74 (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 & 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, 9th ed. (Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2014). Sullivan 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

Preface
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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