Social Problems: A Down-To-Earth Approach / Edition 10

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Overview

Appropriate for the Social Problems course.

This theoretically balanced text provides the latest research and a consistent structure to help students analyze critical social problems facing the United States.

The author presents both sides of an argument with a neutral voice and use a "down-to-earth" writing style. By using Social Problems: A Down-To-Earth Approach 10e, not only do students 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205004164
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/12/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (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

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: Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior

Chapter 4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 5: Violence in Society: Rape and Murder

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Poverty and Wealth

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

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 a Social Problem?

The Natural History of Social Problems: Four Stages

The Role of Sociology in Social Problems

Chapter 2 Interpreting Social Problems: Aging

Sociological Theories and Social Problems

Functionalism and Social Problems

Conflict Theory and Social Problems

Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems

The Future of the Problem: The Pendulum Swings

Chapter 3 Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior

Objective Conditions and Subjective Concerns

Prostitution

Pornography

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 4 Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Problem in Sociological 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 Barbiturates and Amphetamines

Research Findings: Steroids

Research Findings: The Narcotics, Opium, Morphine, and Heroin

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

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

Research Findings: Murder

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 6 Crime and Criminal Justice

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically?

Types of Crime

The Criminal Justice System

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 7 Economic Problems: Poverty and Wealth

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

Chapter 8 Racial-Ethnic Relations

The Problems in Sociological Prespective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 9 Inequalities of Gender and Sexual Orientation

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theorectically

Research Findings

Homosexuality

Violence Against Women

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 10 Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness

The Problem in Sociological Perspective: The Social Nature of Health and Illness

The Problem in Sociological Perspective: The Social Organization of Medicine

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theorectically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

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

Chapter 12 Urbanization and Population

Urbanization: The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Population: The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 13 The Environmental Crisis

The Problem in Sociological Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings: Pollution

Research Findings: Conflicting Interpretations

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

Chapter 14 War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power

The Problem in Sociologically Perspective

The Scope of the Problem

Looking at the Problem Theoretically

Research Findings: War

Research Findings: Terrorism

Social Policy

The Future of the Problem

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