Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action / Edition 2

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Overview

With a clear an upbeat voice, Anna Leon-Guerrero's Social Problems: Community, Policy and Social Action, Fifth Edition, challenges readers to see the social and structural forces that determine our social problems; to consider various poicies and programs that attempt to address these problems; and to recognize social problems in their own community, and learn how they can be part of the solution:

Key features:

  • Four theoretical perspectives for each problem studied: conflict, social interactionist, functionalist and feminist
  • Starts with the basis of social inequality—how social class and poverty, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age can determine our life chances.
  • Voices in the Community – a section in each chapter offering testimony from those experiencing or doing something about social problems
  • A strong U.S. focus with a global perspective interwoven where appropriate.
  • Internet and community exercises at the end of each chapter to present the opportunity for further research and direct community involvement.
  • What Does it Mean to Me? A feature that brings the analysis of the problem being studied down to the level of the individual.
  • End of chapter Community, Policy and Social Action sections focuse on social policy, advocacy, and community innovation in response to social problems.

New to this Edition:

Exploring Social Problems—a new feature in every chapter that uses maps, graphs, and tables to tell a story about one social problem with data.

Life After College—focuses on graduates who are using the skills learned in their sociology classes in their careers.

New and expanded topics include: the 1.5 generation, cultural norms and sex education, the living wage movement, the boundry-less workplace, racial profiling, climate change, the Affordable Care Act, same-sex-marriage rights, and immigration policy.

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Editorial Reviews

Corby Caffrey-Dobosh
"This text is an excellent resource for undergraduates who hope to gain a deeper understanding of social problems, and possible ways of getting involved to work towards solutions."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412959667
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Leon-Guerrero is a professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A recipient of the university’s Faculty Excellence Award and the K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research, she teaches courses on statistics, sociological theory, and social problems. As a social service program evaluator and consultant, she has focused her research on welfare reform, employment strategies for the working poor, and program assessment. She is the coauthor of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society and Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society (with Chava Frankfort-Nachmias).

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Table of Contents

Part I. Social Problems—Personal Troubles or Public Issues?
Chapter 1: Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
Using Our Sociological Imagination
What Is a Social Problem?
Understanding the Sociological Perspective
The Science of Sociology
The Transformation From Problem to Solution
Making Sociological Connections
Sociology at Work: Doing Sociology
Part II. The Bases of Inequality
Chapter 2: Social Class and Poverty
What Does It Mean to Be Poor?
Sociological Perspectives on Social Class and Poverty
The Consequences of Poverty
Responding to Class Inequalities
Sociology at Work: Critical Thinking
Chapter 3: Race and Ethnicity
Defining Race and Ethnicity
Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Integration
Sociological Perspectives on Inequalities Based on Race and Ethnicity
The Consequences of Racial and Ethnic Inequalities
Responding to Racial and Ethnic Inequalities
Sociology at Work: Sociology as a Science – Values vs. Facts
Chapter 4: Gender
Sociological Perspectives on Gender Inequality
The Consequences of Gender Inequality
Responding to Gender Inequalities
Sociology at Work: Sociology as a Science – Theory and Data
Chapter 5: Sexual Orientation
Sociological Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Inequality
Sexual Orientation and Inequality
Responding to Sexual Orientation Inequalities
Sociology at Work: Internships and Service Learning
Chapter 6: Age and Aging
Our Aging World
Sociological Perspectives on Age, Aging, and Inequality
The Consequences of Age Inequality
Responding to Age Inequalities
Sociology At Work: Social Work
Part III. OUR SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Chapter 7: Families
Myths of the Family
Sociological Perspectives on the Family
Problems in the Family
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology At Work: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Chapter 8: Education
The New Educational Standard
Exploring Social Problems: Educational Attainment in the U.S.
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Problems and Challenges in American Education
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Afterschool Education
Chapter 9: Work and the Economy
The Changing Nature of Work
Sociological Perspectives on Work
Problems in Work and the Economy
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Law
Chapter 10: Health and Medicine
Sociological Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Medicine
Health Inequalities and Problems
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Medicine
Chapter 11: The Media
Sociological Perspectives on the Media
The Media and Social Problems
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Software Development
Part IV. Our Social and Physical Worlds
Chapter 12: Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Sociological Perspectives on Drug Abuse
What Is Drug Abuse?
The Problems of Drug Abuse
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Public Health
Chapter 13: Crime and Criminal Justice
Sociological Perspectives on Crime
Sources of Crime Statistics
Types of Crime
The Inequalities of Crime—Offenders and Victims
Our Current Response to Crime
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Probation and Parole Officers
Chapter 14: Urbanization
Urban Sociology and Demography
The Processes of Urbanization and Suburbanization
Population Growth and Composition
Sociological Perspectives on Urbanization
The Consequences of Urbanization
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Nonprofit Work
Chapter 15: The Environment
Environmental Problems Are Human Problems
Sociological Perspectives on Environmental Problems
Social Problems and the Environment
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Research
Chapter 16: War and Terrorism
Defining Conflict
Sociological Perspectives on War and Terrorism
The Problems of War and Terrorism
Community, Policy, and Social Action
Sociology at Work: Working and Volunteering Abroad
Part V. Individual Action and Social Change
Chapter 17: Social Problems and Social Action
Social Problems and Their Solutions
Understanding Social Movements
In Focus: Student Activism
How Do Social Movements Begin?
How Have Reform Movements Made a Difference?
Making the Last Connection
Glossary
References
Photo Credits
Index

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