D. Stanley Eitzen, Colorado State University
Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University
Kelly Eitzen Smith, University of Arizona
As with previous editions, the hallmarks of this text are its focus on five themes: the structural sources of social problems; the role of the U.S. in global social problems; the centrality of class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability as sources of inequality;
The new edition of a textbook for use in introductory sociology courses. Mostly focusing on sociological phenomena in the US, chapters cover such issues as urban decay; racial, ethnic, and gender inequality; health care; the structure of the economy; the politics of drugs; and the nature of the justice system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
D. Stanley Eitzen is professor emeritus in sociology from Colorado State University, where previously he was the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor. He recieved his Ph.D. from the Unitsity of Kansas. Among his books are: Social Problems, which was awarded the McGuffey Longevity Award for excellence over multiple editions in 2000 by the Text and Academic Authors Association, and Diversity in Families (both co-authored with Maxine Baca Zinn), Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies (with Graig S. Leeham) , Paths to Homelessness: Extreme Poverty and the Urban Housing Crisis (with Doug A. Timmer and Kathryn Talley), Sociology of North American Sport (with George H. Sage,) and Fair and Foul: Rethinking the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport. He has served as the president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and as editor of The Social Science Journal.
Kelly Eitzen Smith received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 1999. She is currently the director of the Center for Applied Sociology and a lecturer at the University of Arizona. At the Center for Applied Sociology she has conducted research in the areas of day labor, homelessness, poverty, urban housing and neighborhood development. Her sociological interests include gender, family, sexuality, stratification, and social problems. She is the co-author of Experiencing Poverty, 1/e,Social Problems 11/e, and In Conflict and Order 12/e (forthcoming).
Poorly written, bogus sources, a text book with an agenda
The authors of this book have a complete bias. This is a book with an agenda. A view of the authors, from pages 110-111
"People's freedom to order life as they please..., to have as many children as they want, to acquire things, to consume fuel on a pleasure trip--will be controlled... These values will die hard, especially the choice of freedom... But these changes must occur or we will perish."
The Bibliography of this book has multiple spelling errors including errors that make tracking down references difficult. It makes references that are incorrect and adds additional points to references.
on page 86 the book references (Knickerbocker 2006) with 4 bullet points, the first of the four is not listed in either of the two articles that this may reference.
This book is used in a Chemeketa Community College class SOC 206 (Social Problems). I cannot believe that this class is being taught with this book.
I have not finished this book and I have only checked a limited amount of the references. But the majority of the ones I have checked have grammatical errors and have been from other sites with the same agenda.
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