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Empower your students to become part of the solution.
With a clear and upbeat voice, this thought-provoking overview of social problems challenges readers to understand and recognize social problems in their communities and inspires them to become part of the solution. The Fourth Edition of this popular book goes beyond the typical presentation of contemporary social problems and their consequences by emphasizing the importance and effectiveness of community involvement to achieve real solutions. With an overarching focus on social inequalities and policy, this proven text provides a platform for discussion that encourages critical thinking and inspires hope.
Anna Leon-Guerrero is a Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in statistics, social theory, and social problems. Her areas of research and publications include family business, social welfare policy, and social service program evaluation. She is also the author of Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action.
Social Problems—Personal Troubles or Public Issues?
Visual Essay I. Seeing Problems Sociologically
Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
The Bases of Inequality
Visual Essay II. “Invisible” Dividing Lines
Social Class and Poverty
Race and Ethnicity
Age and Aging
Our Social Institutions
Visual Essay III. What Is a Family?
Work and the Economy
Health and Medicine
Our Social and Physical Worlds
Visual Essay IV. Drug Legacy
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Crime and Criminal Justice
Cities and Suburbs
War and Terrorism
Individual Action and Social Change
Visual Essay V. Thanks to Student Activists . . .
Social Problems and Social Action