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This book is organized around the theme of the quality of life. It seeks to define what a social problem is and then address specific issues: how can one gain a sociological understanding of social problems? ; what kinds of critical thinking should one engage in and what kinds should one avoid in order to attempt to understand problems? ; how is the quality of one's life affected by particular problems? ; What causes these problems and how can we resolve them? In Part One,the author lays the groundwork by establishing key approaches to social problems. The remaining sections discuss the social problems which most acutely influence our lives,and examine each problem for its impact on the quality of our lives.
Robert Lauer received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Washington University, his B.D. from Southern Seminary, and his M.A. from Southern Illinois University. Representatives may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeanette C. Lauer is a Research Professor at Alliant International University. She received her Ph.D. in Social History from Washington University, St. Louis. She has published numerous journal articles and co-authored fifteen books. Most recently she co-authored Becoming Family: Building a Stepfamily that Really Works. She is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and the Stepfamily Association of America.