Social Problems, Census Update, Books a la Carte Plus MySocLab with eText -- Access Card Package / Edition 12

Social Problems, Census Update, Books a la Carte Plus MySocLab with eText -- Access Card Package / Edition 12

by D. Stanley Eitzen, Maxine Baca Zinn, Kelly Eitzen Smith

Appropriate for Social Problems courses.

With a critical, conflict perspective, this text looks at the social structures and inequalities that contribute to social problems.

Taking a conflict approach, top-selling Social Problems 12e focuses on the underlying features of the social world in an effort to

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Appropriate for Social Problems courses.

With a critical, conflict perspective, this text looks at the social structures and inequalities that contribute to social problems.

Taking a conflict approach, top-selling Social Problems 12e focuses on the underlying features of the social world in an effort to help students to understand today's social problems.

What is the Pearson Census Update Edition?

The Census Update edition incorporates 2010 Census data into a course—simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program are as follows:

  • Census Update Edition - Features fully updated data throughout the text—including all charts and graphs—to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. This edition also includes a reproduction of the 2010 Census Questionnaire for your students to explore in detail.
  • 2010 Census Update Primer - A brief seven-chapter overview of the Census, including important information about the Constitutional mandate, research methods, who is affected by the Census, and how data is used. Additionally, the primer explores key contemporary topics such as race and ethnicity, the family, and poverty. The primer can be packaged with any Pearson text at no additional cost, and is available via MySocLab, MySocKit, and MySearchLab. The primer can also be purchased standalone.
    • 2010 Census Update Primer Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank - Includes explanations of what has been updated, in-class activities, homework activities associated with the MyLabs and MyKits, discussion questions for the primer, and test questions related to the primer.
  • MySocLab - Gives students the opportunity to explore the methods and data and apply the results in a dynamic interactive online environment. It includes:
    • primary source readings relevant to the Census
    • an online version of the 2010 Census Update Primer
    • a series of activities using 2010 Census results
    • video clips explaining and exploring the Census

This Book a la Carte Edition is unbound, three-hole punched version of the textbook and provides the students the opportunity to personalize their book incorporating their own notes and taking only the portion of the book they need to calss - all at an affordable price. It comes with an access code to MySocLab, an interactive and instructive online solution for introductory sociology. It combines multimedia, video, audio, and tests and quizzes to make teaching and learning fun.

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Table of Contents





Part I Political Economy of Social Problems

1 The Sociological Approach to Social Problems

2 Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System

Part II Problems of People, the Environment, and Location

3 World Population and Global Inequality

4 Threats to the Environment

5 Demographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society

6 Problems of Place: Urban, Suburban, and Rural

Part III Problems of Inequality

7 Poverty

8 Racial and Ethnic Inequality

9 Gender Inequality

10 Sexual Orientation

11 Disability and Ableism

Part IV Social Structure and Individual Deviance

12 Crime and Justice

13 Drugs

Part V Institutional Problems

14 The Economy and Work

15 Families

16 Education

17 The Health Care System

18 National Security in the Twenty-First Century

Part VI Solutions

19 Progressive Plan to Solve Social Problems


Part I Political Economy of Social Problems

Chapter 1 The Sociological Approach to Social Problems

History of Social Problems Theory

Toward a Definition of Social Problems

Types of Social Problems

Norm Violations

Social Conditions

The Sociological Imagination

Social Structure as the Basic Unit of Analysis

Person-Blame Approach versus System-Blame Approach

Reasons for Focusing on the System-Blame Approach

Sociological Methods: The Craft of Sociology

Sociological Questions

Problems in Collecting Data

Sources of Data

Organization of the Book

Chapter 2 Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System

U.S. Economy: Concentration of Corporate Wealth

Monopolistic Capitalism

Transnational Corporations

Concentration of Wealth

Political System: Links between Wealth and Power

Government by Interest Groups

Financing of Political Campaigns

Candidate Selection Process

Bias of the Political System

Consequences of Concentrated Power

Subsidies to Big Business

Trickle-Down Solutions

The Powerless Bear the Burden

Foreign Policy for Corporate Benefit

Reprise: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Part II Problems of People, the Environment, and Location

Chapter 3 World Population and Global Inequality

World Population Growth

Demographic Transition

Family Planning

Societal Changes


Food and Hunger

Sickness and Disease

The New Slavery

Concentration of Misery in Cities

U.S. Relations with the Developing World

Transnational Corporations

United States in the Global Village

Chapter 4 Threats to the Environment

Worldwide Environmental Problems

Degradation of the Land

Environmental Pollution and Degradation

Global Environmental Crises

Fossil Fuel Dependence, Waste, and Environmental Degradation

Destruction of the Tropical Rain Forests and Other Forms of Deforestation

Global Warming

Sources of U.S. Environmental Problems

Cultural Sources

Structural Sources

Solutions to the Environmental Crises

Probusiness Voluntaristic Approach

Egalitarian/Authoritarian Plan

Control of Resource Use

International Implications of Environmental Problems

Chapter 5 Demographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society

Profile of the U.S. Population

New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape

Immigration and Increasing Diversity

Consequences of the New Immigration

Immigration and Agency

Effects of Immigration on Immigrants: Ethnic Identity or Assimilation?

The Aging Society

Demographic Trend

Demographic Portrait of the Current Elderly Population

Problems of an Aging Society

Social Security

Paying for Health Care

Elderly Abuse

Responses by the Elderly

Chapter 6 Problems of Place: Urban, Suburban, and Rural

Urban Problems

Urban Job Loss


Federal Abandonment

Urban Poverty

Urban Housing Crisis

Decaying Infrastructure

Transportation, Pollution, and the Environment

Health and Health Care

Urban Schools

Crime, Drugs, and Gangs

Suburban Problems

Suburban Sprawl

Automobile Dependency

Social Isolation in the Suburbs

Rural Problems


Jobs in Rural Areas


Health Care and Delivery

Small-Town Decline

Crime and Illicit Drugs

Part III Problems of Inequality

Chapter 7 Poverty

Extent of Poverty

Racial Minorities





The New Poor

The Working Poor

The Near Poor

The Severely Poor

Myths about Poverty

Refusal to Work

Welfare Dependency

The Poor Get Special Advantages

Welfare Is an African American and Latino Program

Causes of Poverty

Deficiency Theories

Structural Theories

Costs of Poverty

Elimination of Poverty

Chapter 8 Racial and Ethnic Inequality

How to Think About Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Racial Categories

Differences among Ethnic Groups

Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Deficiency Theories

Bias Theories

Structural Discrimination Theories

Discrimination Against African Americans and Latinos: Continuity and Change




Type of Employment


Contemporary Trends and Issues in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations

Growing Racial Strife

More Racially Based Groups and Activities

Social and Economic Isolation in U.S. Inner Cities

Racial Policies in the New Century

Chapter 9 Gender Inequality

Women and Men Are Differentiated and Ranked

Is Gender Biological or Social?

Gender and Power

What Causes Gender Inequality?

Socialization versus Structure: Two Approaches to Gender Inequality

Learning Gender

Children at Home

Children at Play

Formal Education

Socialization as Blaming the Victim

Reinforcing Male Dominance


Interpersonal Behavior

Mass Communications Media


The Law


Structured Gender Inequality

Occupational Distribution

The Earnings Gap

Intersection of Race and Gender in the Workplace

Pay Equity

How Workplace Inequality Operates

Gender in the Global Economy

Costs and Consequences of Sexism

Who Benefits?

The Social and Individual Costs

Fighting the System

Feminist Movements in the United States

Women’s Struggles in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 10 Sexual Orientation

Social Deviance

Gay and Lesbian Community: An Overview

Defining Homosexuality

Roots of Homosexuality

Numbers: How Many Gays and Lesbians?

Interpersonal Relationships and Domestic Arrangements among Gays and Lesbians


Ideological Oppression

Legal Oppression: The Law and the Courts

Occupational Discrimination

Fighting the System: Human Agency

Chapter 11 Disability and Ableism


Individual Model of Disability

Social Model of Disability

Toward a More Complete Definition of Disability

People with Disabilities as a Minority Group

Defined as Different

Derogatory Naming

Minority as a Master Status

Categorization, Stigma, and Stereotypes

Exclusion and Segregation

Matrix of Domination


Issues of Gender, Sexual Behavior, and Fertility

Gender Stereotyping

Sexual Relationships

Physical and Sexual Abuse

Abortion Issue


Disability Rights Movement

Americans with Disabilities Act


Part IV Social Structure and Individual Deviance

Chapter 12 Crime and Justice

Crime in Society

What Is Crime?

Crime Rates

Demographic Characteristics of People Arrested for Crimes

Categories of Crime

Unjust System of Justice



Judicial Process

Correctional System

The Criminal Label

Stopping the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Chapter 13 Drugs

The Politics of Drugs

Historical Legality of Drugs

Factors Influencing Drug Laws and Enforcement

Drug Use in U.S. Society

Commonly Abused Illegal Drugs

Legal but Dangerous Drugs

Drug Use Patterns by Class, Race, and Gender

Why Use Drugs?

U.S. Official Policy: A War on Drugs

Consequences of Official Drug Policies

Is the Drug War Racist?


Regulation of Trade or Use through Licensing and Taxation


Address the Social Causes of Drug Use

Part V Institutional Problems

Chapter 14 The Economy and Work

Capitalism and Socialism



Mega Economic Trends

The Structural Transformation of the Economy


The Great Recession

Work and Social Problems

Control of Workers


Worker Compensation

Dangerous Working Conditions


Unions and Their Decline


Job Insecurity

Benefits Insecurity

Increased Workload

Worker Compensation

Chapter 15 Families

The Mythical Family in the United States

U.S. Families in Historical Perspective: The Family in Capitalism

Stratification and Family Life: Unequal Life Chances

Changing Families in a Changing World

Economic Transformation and Family Life

Today’s Diverse Family Forms

Balancing Work and Family with Few Social Supports

Single Parents and Their Children

Societal Response to Disadvantaged Children


Consequences of Divorce

Children of Divorce

Violence in U.S. Families

Violence and the Social Organization of the Family

Intimate Partner Violence

Child Abuse and Neglect

Chapter 16 Education

Characteristics of Education in the United States

Education as a Conserving Force

Mass Education

A Fragmented Educational System

Local Control of Education

A Lack of Curricular Standardization

“Sifting” and “Sorting” Function of Schools

Preoccupation with Order and Control

Education and Inequality

Financing Public Education

Family Economic Resources

Higher Education and Stratification


Tracking and Teachers’ Expectations

Possibilities for Promoting Equality of Opportunity

Provide Universal Preschool Programs

Offer Free Education

Set National Education Standards

Reduce Funding Disparities Across States and Districts

Reducing Class and School Size

Attract and Retain Excellent Teachers

Extend the School Day and Year

Hold Educators Accountable

Reform the Educational Philosophy of Schools

Restructure Society

Chapter 17 The Health Care System

The Crisis in Health Care: Cost, Coverage, and Consequences

Rising Health Care Costs

Does the High Cost of Health Care Translate into Good Health Consequences?

The Health Care System in the United States

Different Plans for Different Categories

Private Insurance

For Profit Hospitals

Managed Care Networks.

Unequal Access to Health Care

Social Class



HIV/AIDS: The Intersection of Class, Race, and Gender

Models for National Health Care: Lessons from Other Societies

The Bismarck Model

The Beveridge Model

The National Health Insurance Model

Reforming the Health Care System in the United States

The Politics of Health Reform

The Obama Plan

Chapter 18 National Security in the Twenty-First Century

The U.S. Military Establishment

The Size of the U.S. Military

The Cost of Maintaining U.S. Military Superiority

The Threat of Nuclear Weapons

The Terrorism Threat

Domestic Terrorism

International Terrorism

U.S. National Security and the War on Terror

The Precipitating Event

A Rush to War

The War in Iraq

The Iraq War: An Evaluation

Consequences of the U.S. Responses to 9/11

The Costs of the War

The Legacy of the War

Strategies to Combat the New Terrorism

Lesson 1: Military Might Alone Does Not Make a Nation Secure

Lesson 2: Vengeance Is Self-Defeating

Lesson 3: The Solution to Terrorism Is to Address Its Root Causes

Lesson 4: In Planning for War, the Question Guiding the Plan Must Be, How Does the Conflict End?

Lesson 5: The U.S. Goal of Spreading Democracy in the Middle East Will Likely Fail

Lesson 6: The Path to the Moral High Ground Goes through International Organizations and International Law

Part VI Solutions

Chapter 19 Progressive Plan To Solve Social Problems

Sociology, Social Problems, and Social Change

The Sociological Imagination and Social Problems

Sociological Paradox: Structure and Agency

Sociological Dilemma: Recognition and Rejection

Progressive Principles to Guide Public Policy

Is a Progressive Social Policy Possible?

Should a Progressive Plan Be Adopted by U.S. Society?

Financing the Progressive Agenda

Is There Any Hope of Instituting a Social Agenda Based on Progressive Principles?

Human Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up

Individuals Protesting and Organizing for Change

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