Social Problems: A Down-to-Earth Approach

Social Problems: A Down-to-Earth Approach

by James M. Henslin, Donald Light Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0070378363

ISBN-13: 9780070378360

Pub. Date: 01/28/1983

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

This theoretically balanced text provides the latest research findings and a consistent structure to help students analyze major social problems facing the United States. Henslin presents boths sides of an argument with a neutral voice and has a "down-to-earth" writing style.

When students complete this text, not only do they gain a sociological understanding

Overview

This theoretically balanced text provides the latest research findings and a consistent structure to help students analyze major social problems facing the United States. Henslin presents boths sides of an argument with a neutral voice and has a "down-to-earth" writing style.

When students complete this text, not only do they gain a sociological understanding of social problems, but also they are able to explore—and evaluate—their own opinions about specific social problems. They will gain a greater awareness of the social forces that shape their orientations to social problems and their perspectives on social life. The ideas in this book, then, can penetrate students’ thinking and give shape to their views of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070378360
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
01/28/1983
Pages:
656

Table of Contents

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS


PART I: THE SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Chapter 1: How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma

Chapter 2: Interpreting Social Problems: Aging

PART II: NORM VIOLATIONS IN SOCIAL CONTEXT

Chapter 3: Human Sexual Behavior

Chapter 4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 5: Violence in Society: Rape and Murder

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice

PART III: PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Wealth and Poverty

Chapter 8: Racial-Ethnic Relations

Chapter 9: Sex Discrimination

Chapter 10: Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness

PART IV: SOCIAL CHANGE AND MEGAPROBLEMS

Chapter 11: The Changing Family

Chapter 12: Urban Problems

Chapter 13: Population and Food

Chapter 14: The Environmental Crisis

Chapter 15: War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: THE SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Chapter 1: How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma

The Sociological Imagination

What is a Social Problem?

The Natural History of Social Problems: Four Stages

The First Stage: Defining the Problem, the Emergence of Leaders, and Beginning to Organize

The Second Stage: Crafting and Official Response

The Third Stage: Reacting to the Official Response

The Fourth Stage: Developing Alternative Strategies

The Role of Sociology in Social Problems

Summary and Review

Chapter 2: Interpreting Social Problems: Aging

Sociological Theories and Social Problems

Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems

The Development of Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism and Social Problems

Conflict Theory and Social Problems

The Future of the Problem: The Pendulum Swings

Chapter Summary and Review

PART II: NORM VIOLATIONS IN SOCIAL CONTEXT

Chapter 3: Human Sexual Behavior

Objective Conditions and Subjective Concerns

Homosexuality

Prostitution

Pornography

Resistance and Co-opting Feminists

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Problem in Social Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings: The Use and Abuse of Drugs

Research Findings: The Recreational Mood Elevators

Research Findings: The Hallucinogens

Research Findings: The Amphetamines, Barbituates, and Heroin

Research Findings: Narcotics, Crime, and the Law

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 5: Violence in Society: Rape and Murder

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Rape

Issues in Social Problems: Date (or Acquaintance) Rape

Murder

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

PART III: PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Wealth and Poverty

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 8: Racial-Ethnic Relations

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 9: Sex Discrimination

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 10: Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

PART IV: SOCIAL CHANGE AND MEGAPROBLEMS

Chapter 11: The Changing Family

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically: Why is Divorce Common?

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 12: Urban Problems

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 13: Population and Food

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 14: The Environmental Crisis

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

Chapter 15: War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Summary and Review

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