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B> This best-selling book continues with this new edition its tradition of challenging readers to become enthusiastic about exploring the intricacies and mysteries of social life using the sociological perspective. Taking a conflict approach, Eitzen and Baca Zinn focus on the social structure to determine the underlying features of the social world in an effort to help students to understand today's social problems. Incorporates five themes throughout the book: the structural sources of social problems; the role of the United States in global social problems; the centrality of class, race, and gender as sources of division, inequality, and injustice; the critical examination of society; the solutions to social problems. For anyone interested in Social Problems.
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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 (
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Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Sociological Approach to Social Problems 2
Ch. 2 Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System 22
Ch. 3 World Population and Global Inequality: The Third World and the United States 52
Ch. 4 Threats to the Environment 80
Ch. 5 Demographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society 114
Ch. 6 Urban Problems in the United States 146
Ch. 7 Poverty 184
Ch. 8 Racial and Ethnic Inequality 220
Ch. 9 Gender Inequality 251
Ch. 10 Sexual Orientation 292
Ch. 11 Work 317
Ch. 12 Families 351
Ch. 13 Education 391
Ch. 14 Health and Health Care Delivery 423
Ch. 15 National Security 454
Ch. 16 Crime and Justice 482
Ch. 17 Drug 517
Bibliography 552
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    An absolute shame that so much paper was wasted to print this bo

    An absolute shame that so much paper was wasted to print this book. It is mandatory reading for Social Problems at Columbia Basin Community in Washington State, and it is simply propaganda. The "facts" are disputable, the opinions are rampant, and there are no alternative viewpoints. If your class requires this book, drop the class, no class should use it, ever. I finished the course I had, but my teacher was far less biased than the authors of this book, and if you can't be positive that your teacher will be the same, I'm telling you, drop the class. This book is a bad indication of what your teacher likely thinks, and there is no way that a college student, no matter how liberal, will agree with everything pushed by this book.

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