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  • ISBN-13: 9780205326563
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/6/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 4.28 (d)

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Summary,” “Key Terms,” and “Questions for Critical Thinking.”

1. Taking a New Look at Social Problems.
Violence as a Social Problem.
Box 1.1: Social Problems and Social Policy: Do Guns Kill People or Do People Kill People?
What Is a Social Problem?
The Sociological Imagination and Social Problems.
Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems.
Social Research Methods Studying Social Problems.
Box 1.2: Social Problems and Information Technology.

2. Wealth and Poverty: U.S. and Global Economic Inequalities.
Wealth and Poverty in Global Perspective.
Analyzing U.S. Class Inequality.
Box 2.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: “Cheap Labor” and Global Wealth and Poverty.
Poverty in the United States.
Social Welfare in the United States.
Box 2.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: The “End of Welfare as We Know It.”

3. Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
Racial and Ethnic Inequality as a Social Problem.
Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination.
Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
Box 3.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Racism in Canada.
Box 3.2: Social Problems in the Media: Don't Blink: Latinas and Latinos in Television.
Inequalities among Racial and Ethnic Groups.
Box 3.3: Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Justice: Beyond Black and White.
Can Racial and Ethnic Inequalities Be Reduced?

4. Gender Inequality.
Gender Inequality as a Social Problem.
GenderInequality and Socialization.
Box 4.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: “Shall I Serve Tea at Home, the Office, or Both?” : The Dilemma of Women in Japan.
Contemporary Gender Inequality.
Perspectives on Gender Inequality.
Can Gender Inequality Be Reduced?
Box 4.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: The Women's Movement and Social Policy: “If You Want the Job Done, Do It Yourself.”

5. Inequality Based on Age. (Online Chapter)
Ageism as a Social Problem.
Box 5.1: Social Problems in the Media: Media Ageism and Reporting on Teenagers.
Box 5.2: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Quantity versus quality of Life: Suicide and the Graying of the Globe.
Problems Associated with Aging.
Box 5.3: Social Problems and the Social Policy: Government-Funded Health Care for Older People: Medicare. @AHEADS= Perspectives on Aging and Social Inequality.
Can Age-Based Inequality Be Reduced?

6. Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation. (Online Chapter)
Nature and Extent of Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation.
Ideological Bases of Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation.
Box 6.1: Social Problems in the Media: Depictions of Gay Men and Lesbians in Television Programming: Realistic or Not?
Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation.
Box 6.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: School's Out: Closing the Books on Homophobia.
Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Social Inequality.
Can Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation Be Reduced?

7. Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry. (Online Chapter)
Deviance, the Sex Industry, and Social Problems.
Prostitution in Global Perspective.
Box 7.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Economic Development or Childhood Sexual Slavery?
Prostitution in the United States.
Sociological Perspectives on Prostitution.
Pornography.
Box 7.2: Social Problems and Information Technology: Cracking Down on Internet Child Pornography.
The Future of Pornography and the Sex Industry.

8. Alcohol and Other Drugs. (Online Chapter)
Drug Use and Abuse.
Alcohol Use and Abuse.
Box 8.1: Social Problems in the Media: A Fading Drumbeat against Drunken Driving?
Tobacco (Nicotine) use as a Social Problem.
Prescription Drugs, Over-the-Counter Drugs, and Caffeine.
Illegal Drug Use and Abuse.
Box 8.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: The Battle over Marijuana: Medicalization or Legalization?
Explanations of Drug Abuse.
The Future of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

9. Crime and Criminal Justice.
Crime as a Social Problem.
Types of Crimes.
Box 9.1: Social Problems in the Media: What Makes Murder So Newsworthy?
Box 9.2: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Organized Crime: The Global Empire.
Who Commits Crimes?
Biological and Psychological Explanation of Crime.
Sociological Explanations of Crime.
The Criminal Justice Perspective.
Box 9.3: Social Problems and Social Policy: Crime Prevention or the Prison-Industrial Complex?

10. Health Care: Problems of Physical and Mental Illness.
Health Care as a Social Problem.
Box 10.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: AIDS in Thailand and India: Two Different Patterns.
Mental Illness as a Social Problem.
The Crisis in U.S. Health Care.
Box 10.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: Health Care: The Canadian Model.
Sociological Explanations for Health Care Problems.

11. The Changing Family.
The Nature of Families.
Box 11.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: The Changing Family around the World.
Sociological Perspectives on Family-Related Problems.
Diversity in Intimate Relationships and Families.
Child-Related Family Issues.
Divorce and Remarriage.
Domestic Violence.
Family-Related Problems in the Twenty-First Century.
Box 11.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: Day Care: Jump-Starting the Stalled Revolution.

12. Problems in Education.
Sociological Perspectives on Education.
Box 12.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Education in Japan: The Underside of Excellence.
Problems in U.S. Education.
Problems in School Financing.
Box 12.2: Social Problems in the Media: Channel One: Commercialism in the Classroom.
Problems in Higher Education.
Educational Problems in the Twenty-First Century.

13. Problems in Politics and the Global Economy.
Types of Economies.
Box 13.1: Global Consumerism: Something for Everyone?
Three Major Modern Economic Systems.
Problems in the Global Economy.
Problems in the U.S. Economy.
Problems in U.S. Politics.
Box 13.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: Campaign Reform: The States Take the Initiative.
The Military-Industrial Complex.
Sociological Perspectives on the Political Economy.
Problems in Politics and the Economy in the Twenty-First Century.

14. Problems in the Media. (Online Chapter)
The Political Economy of Media Industries.
Global Media Issues.
Box 14.1: Social Problems in the Media: Virtual Media versus the Mainstream Press.
Potential Media Effects.
Box 14.2: Social Problems in Global Prespectives: The Depiction of Africa by the Global Media: Omissions and Commissions.
Sociological Perspectives on Media-Related Problems.
The Media in the Twenty-First Century.

15. Population and the Environmental Crisis.
Global Overpopulation.
Box 15.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Worldwide Migration.
Controlling Fertility.
Immigration and Its Consequences.
Population and the Environment.
Box 15.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: What to Do with Waste? NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard” ).
Sociological Perspectives on Population and the Environment.
Population and the Environment in the Twenty-First Century.

16. Urban Problems.
Changes in U.S. Cities.
Urban Problems in the United States.
Box 16.1: Social Problems in the Media: Homelessness and the Holidays.
Problems in Global Cities.
Sociological Perspective on Urban Problems.
Box 16.2: Social Problems and Social Policy: Urban Empowerment Zones: A New Initiative.
Urban Problems in the Twenty-First Century.

17. Global Social Problems: War and Terrorism.
War as a Social Problem.
Box 17.1: Social Problems in Global Perspective: Surviving the War in Bosnia.
Military Technology and War.
Global Terrorism.
Domestic Terrorism in the United States.
Explanation of War and Terrorism.
Box 17.2: Social Problems in the Media: Media and Terrorism: Partners in Crime?
War and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century.

Can Social Problems Be Solved? (Online Chapter)
A Review of Major Social Theories on Social Problems.
Microlevel Attempts to Solve Social Problems.
Mid-Range Attempt to Solve Social Problems.
Box 18.1: Social Problems and Social Policy: “If you Don't Work, You Don't Sleep.”
Macrolevel Attempts to Solve Social Problems.
Box 18.2: Social Problems in the Media: Mobilizing for Change through the Echo Effect.

Glossary.

References.

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