Social Problems: A Down-To-Earth Approach / Edition 9

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Rich with special feature sections and boxes, this broad, theoretically balanced introduction to contemporary social problems provides readers with a thorough understanding of major social problems facing the United States—their causes, consequences, likely future course, and what can be done about them. It provides the basic data and the sociological frameworks for interpreting those data. Features Social Maps and a variety of boxes: Technology and Social Problems; A Global Glimpse; Divided Society; Thinking Critically About Social Problems; and Issues in Social Problems. Covers a full range of social problems and how sociologists view and interpret them: Aging; Prostitution, Homosexuality, and Pornography; Alcohol and Other Drugs; Rape and Murder; Crime and Criminal Justice; Wealth and Poverty; Race and Ethnic Relations; Sex Discrimination; Problems of Physical and Mental Illness; Education; The Changing Family; Urban Problems; Population and Food; The Environmental Crisis; and War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power. For anyone interested in acquiring a solid foundation in the kinds, causes, consequences, and solutions to a broad range of some of today's most pressing social problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205751501
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Books a la Carte Series
  • Edition number: 9
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books are Sociology: A-Down-to-Earth Approach (Allyn & Bacon, available in three versions); Social Problems (Allyn & Bacon); and Down-to-Earth Sociology : Introductory Readings (Free Press). He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology.

While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”

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Table of Contents

Boxes
Preface
1 How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma 1
2 Interpreting Social Problems: Aging 29
3 Prostitution, Homosexuality, and Pornography 56
4 Alcohol and Other Drugs 98
5 Violence in Society: Rape and Murder 139
6 Crime and Criminal Justice 180
7 Economic Problems: Wealth and Poverty 229
8 Race and Ethnic Relations 270
9 Sex Discrimination 314
10 Medical Care: Problems of Physical and Mental Illness 351
11 The Changing Family 391
12 Urban Problems 431
13 Population and Food 471
14 The Environmental Crisis 508
15 War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power 552
Bibliography 587
Photo Credits 621
Name Index 623
Subject Index 633
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