Social Problems / Edition 9

Social Problems / Edition 9

by James M. Henslin, Lori Ann Fowler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205649750

ISBN-13: 9780205649754

Pub. Date: 07/10/2009

Publisher: Prentice Hall

This theoretically balanced text provides the latest research findings and a consistent structure to help students analyze major social problems facing the United States. The authors present both sides of an argument with a neutral voice and use 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. The authors present both sides of an argument with a neutral voice and use 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:
9780205649754
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Series:
The Intersections Collection: Custom Resources in Sociology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:


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

Chapter 2: Interpreting Social Problems: Aging

Chapter 3: Sexual Social Problems

Chapter 4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 5: Violence in Society: Rape and Murder

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Wealth and Poverty

Chapter 8: Racial-Ethnic Relations

Chapter 9: Inequalities of Gender and Sexual Orientation

Chapter 10: Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness

Chapter 11: The Changing Family

Chapter 12: Urbanization and Population Issues

Chapter 13: The Environmental Crisis

Chapter 14: War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:


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

The Sociological Imagination

What Is the Sociological Imagination?

What Is a Social Problem?

The Characteristics of Social Problems

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 an Official Response

The Third Stage: Reacting to the Official Response

The Fourth Stage: Developing Alternative Strategies

The Role of Sociology in Social Problems

Sociology as a Tool for Breaking Through Emotions and Defenses

Sociology and Common Sense

Methods for Studying Social Problems

Should Sociologists Take Sides

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 2: Interpreting Social Problems: Aging

Sociological Theories and Social Problems

Functionalism and Social Problems

Introducing Functionalism

The Development of Functionalism

Applying Functionalism to Social Problems

Functionalism and Social Problems: A Summary

Conflict Theory and Social Problems

Introducing Conflict Theory

The Development of Conflict Theory

Applying Conflict Theory to Social Problems

Conflict Theory and Social Problems: A Summary

Introducing Feminist Theory

The Development of Feminist Theory

Applying Feminist Theory to Social Problems

Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems

Introducing Symbolic Interactionism

The Development of Symbolic Interactionism

Applying Symbolic Interactionism to Social Problems

Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems: A Summary

The Future of the Problem: The Pendulum Swings

Changing Objective Conditions and Subjective Concerns

The Emerging Struggle

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Key Terms

Thinking Critically About Chapter 2

By the Numbers

Chapter 3: Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior

Objective Conditions and Subjective Concerns

Prostitution

Background: Getting the Larger Picture

Prostitution Viewed Theoretically: Applying Functionalism

Research on Prostitution

Pornography

Background: Getting the Larger Picture

Pornography Viewed Theoretically: Applying Symbolic Interactionism

Controversy and Research on Pornography

Social Policy

The Question of Making Consensual Behavior Illegal

Alternatives to Making Consensual Behavior Illegal

The Future of the Problem

Prostitution and the Future

Pornography and the Future

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

Background of the Problem

Attempts to Deal with the Problem

The Scope of the Problem

The Social Problem and the Pro-Drug Orientation of U.S. Society

Drug Abuse as Personal or Social Problem

Addiction and Dependence

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings: The Use and Abuse of Drugs

Medicalizing Human Problems

Illegal Drug Use by Students

The Effects of Drugs

Research Findings: The Recreational Mood Elevators

Alcohol

Nicotine

Research Findings: The Hallucinogens

LSD

Peyote and Mescaline

Psilocybin

PCP

Ecstasy

Research Findings: The Amphetamines, Barbiturates, and Heroin

Amphetamines

Barbiturates

Heroin

Research Findings: Narcotics, Crime, and the Law

Social Policy

The Dilemmas of Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 5: Violence in Society: Rape and Murder

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Sociological Perspective on Violence

The Scope of the Problem

What Makes Violence a Social Problem?

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Nonsociological Theories

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings

Rape

The Natural History of Rape as a Social Problem

The Social Patterns of Rape

Profiling the Rapist

Reactions to Rape

Murder

The Social Patterns of Murder

Explaining Social Patterns

Social Policy

Global Concerns: Preventing Violence

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Crime as a Social Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Types of Crime

Juvenile Delinquency

White-Collar Crime

Professional and Organized Crime

Political Crime

The Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice System as a Social Problem

The Sting of Justice

Bias in the Criminal Justice System

The Death Penalty

The Prison Experience

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Wealth and Poverty

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

Economic Systems and Changes

Economic Problems Facing the United States

The Nature of Poverty

The Scope of the Problem

Subjective Concerns and Objective Conditions

The Situation Today

Social Inequality

Distribution of Income and Wealth

The Impact of Poverty

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Changing Meanings of Poverty

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Summary of Theoretical Approaches

Research Findings

Who Are the Poor?

Is There a Culture of Poverty?

Who Rules America?

Inequality and Global Power

Social Policy

Historical Changes in Social Policy

Progressive Taxation

Public Assistance Programs

The Feminization of Poverty

Private Agencies and Volunteer Organizations

The Purpose of Helping the Poor

Providing Jobs

Education Accounts

Giving the Poor More Money

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 8: Racial-Ethnic Relations

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

What Is the Problem?

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Summary of Theoretical Approaches

Research Findings

Native Americans

Latinos (Hispanics)

African Americans

Asian Americans

Social Policy

Encouraging Cultural Pluralism

Preventing Discrimination

The Dilemma of Affirmative Action

Principles for Improving Relations

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 9: Inequalities of Gender and Sexual Orientation

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings

Are There Natural Differences Between the Sexes?

Everyday Life

Education

The Mass Media

The World of Politics

The World of Work

Why Is Our Workforce Segregated by Sex?

Sexual Harassment

Homosexuality

Background: Getting the Larger Picture

Homosexuality Viewed Theoretically: Applying Conflict Theory

Research on Homosexuality

Homosexuality and the Future

Violence Against Women

Social Policy

Irreconcilable Ideologies

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 10: Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Social Nature of Health and Illness

The Social Organization of Medicine as a Source of Problems

The Scope of the Problem

Physical Illness as a Social Problem

Mental Illness as a Social Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings

An Overview of Physical Health Problems

How Disease is Related to Behavior and Environment: The Case of HIV/AIDS

Social Inequalities in Physical Illness

Social Inequalities in Mental Illness

Social Policy

Being Paid to Stay Healthy

Prepaid Medical Care: The Example of Managed Care

Physician Assistants

Training Physicians

Domiciliary Care

Preventive Medicine

Humanizing Health Care

Self-Care Groups

The Future of the Problem

Technology

Redirecting Medicine

The Potential

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 11: The Changing Family

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

Effects of the Industrial Revolution on the Family

The Scope of the Problem

Divorce

One-Parent Families

Other Problems

Looking at the Problem Theoretically: Why is Divorce Common?

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict and Feminist Theory

Research Findings

Cohabitation and the Marrying at a Later Age

Child-Free Couples

The Mythical Child

Family Violence

Sexual Abuse in the Family

Old Age and Widowhood

The Death of the Family?

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 12: Urbanization and Population Issues

Urbanization Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings

Alienation in the City

Community in the City

The Decline of the Central City

Youth Gangs

Schools

Riots

The City in Change

The Megalopolis

Social Policy

Specific Programs

Educating the Poor

The Future of the Problem

Population in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings

The New Malthusians

The Anti-Malthusians

Has the Population Explosion Peaked?

Problems in Forecasting Population Growth

Does the United States Have a Population Problem?

Social Policy

Exporting Western Agriculture

Policy Implications of the Anti-Malthusians

Policy Implications of the New Malthusians

Restructuring Global Markets

Illegal Immigration

The Future of the Problem

The New Malthusian Viewpoint

The Anti-Malthusian Viewpoint

The Long-Term Anti-Malthusian Viewpoint

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 13: The Environmental Crisis

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

Environmental Destruction in the Past: The Myth of the Noble Savage

The Tragedy of the Commons

The Scope of the Problem

“Everything is Connected to Everything Else”

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Research Findings

Air Pollution

Land Pollution

Water Pollution

Chemical Pollution

Nuclear Pollution

Food Pollution

Pollution in the Industrializing Nations

Getting the Other Side

Of Special Concern: The Tropical Rain Forests

Energy and Resources

Reconciling the Positions

Social Policy

Oppositional Viewpoints and Overarching Solutions

Pollution

Energy

Moral Issues in a Global Age

The Future of the Problem

Energy

Pollution

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Chapter 14: War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

Why is War Common?

Why Do Some Groups Choose War?

The Scope of the Problem

War in the History of the West

Measuring War in Terms of Deaths

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Symbolic Interactionism

Functionalism

Conflict Theory

The Military Machine Today

Research Findings

What Reduces War?

The Costs of War

The Military-Industrial Complex

The Possibility of Accidental War

Biological and Chemical Warfare

Terrorism

Social Policy

Political Terrorism

Nuclear Warfare and the Elusive Path to Peace

The Future of the Problem

SUMMARY AND REVIEW

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