Social Problems / Edition 9

Social Problems / Edition 9

by James William Coleman, Harold R. Kerbo
     
 

ISBN-10: 013154053X

ISBN-13: 9780131540538

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Drawing on the perspectives of multiple groups (rich, middle class, and poor; whites and people of color; gays and straights; females and males), Social Problems, 10/e examines troubled institutions, problems of inequality, conformity and deviance, and the problems of a changing world.

Now available in paperback, this text familiarizes students

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Drawing on the perspectives of multiple groups (rich, middle class, and poor; whites and people of color; gays and straights; females and males), Social Problems, 10/e examines troubled institutions, problems of inequality, conformity and deviance, and the problems of a changing world.

Now available in paperback, this text familiarizes students with the most trying problems of their times, while stimulating them to think in a critical, scientific way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131540538
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
582
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.82(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Box Contentsviii
Prefacex
About the Authorsxix
1Sociology and Social Problems2
What Is a Social Problem3
Social Problems and Social Movements5
Foundations of the Sociological Approach8
Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems11
Doing Sociological Research21
Interpreting Claims About Social Problems25
Summary28
Questions for Critical Thinking29
Key Terms30
Internet Exercises30
Part ITroubled Institutions31
2Problems of the Family32
Families Around the World33
Understanding Family Diversity35
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of the Family59
Summary63
Questions for Critical Thinking64
Key Terms65
Internet Exercises65
3Problems of Education66
Equal Educational Opportunity for All?68
The Quality of Education75
Solving the Problems of Education81
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of Education92
Summary97
Questions for Critical Thinking97
Key Terms98
Internet Exercises98
4Problems of the Economy99
World Economy101
Understanding Our Economic System103
The New Economic Reality118
Solving the Problems of the Economy125
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of the Economy131
Summary135
Questions for Critical Thinking136
Key Terms137
Internet Exercises137
5Problems of Government138
The Growth of Government139
Who Runs the Government?142
The Dilemmas of Government150
Solving the Problems of Government161
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of Government167
Summary170
Questions for Critical Thinking171
Key Terms172
Internet Exercises172
6Physical and Mental Health174
What Is Good Health?174
Physical Illness175
Mental Disorders182
Health Care in the United States192
The Crisis in American Health Care198
National Health Care: Britain and Canada202
Ethical Dilemmas205
Solving the Problems of Mental and Physical Health207
Sociological Perspectives on the Problems of Mental and Physical Health212
Summary215
Questions for Critical Thinking217
Key Terms217
Internet Exercises218
Part IIThe Problems of Inequality219
7The Poor220
The Rich and the Poor: A Widening Gap221
Measuring Poverty225
The Life of Poverty230
Understanding the Welfare System236
Explanations of Poverty242
Solving the Problems of Poverty246
Sociological Perspectives on the Problems of the Poor249
Summary252
Questions for Critical Thinking253
Key Terms254
Internet Exercises254
8The Ethnic Minorities255
Ethnic Groups256
Ethnic Minorities in North America261
Explaining Ethnic Inequality275
Solving the Problems of Ethnic Relations281
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of Ethnic Minorities285
Summary290
Questions for Critical Thinking292
Key Terms292
Internet Exercises292
9The Old and the Young293
Aging and the Life Cycle294
Problems of the Young296
Problems of the Elderly301
The Graying of America311
Solving the Problems of the Young and the Old312
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of the Life Cycle316
Summary319
Questions for Critical Thinking321
Key Terms321
Internet Exercises321
10Women and Men322
Gender Roles323
Gender Inequality331
Solving the Problems of Gender Inequality341
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of Gender347
Summary350
Questions for Critical Thinking351
Key Terms351
Internet Exercises352
Part IIIConformity and Deviance353
11Sexual Behavior354
Human Sexuality356
Contemporary Sexual Behavior357
Sexual Behavior and Social Problems364
Solving the Problems of Sexual Behavior377
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of Sexual Behavior379
Summary384
Questions for Critical Thinking385
Key Terms386
Internet Exercises386
12Drug Use387
Drugs and Drug Addiction389
Why Use Drugs?400
Drug Control in North America404
Solving the Drug Problem407
Sociological Perspectives on Drug Use413
Summary415
Questions for Critical Thinking417
Key Terms417
Internet Exercises417
13Crime and Violence418
The Nature of Crime and Violence419
Measuring Crime and Violence429
The Causes of Crime and Violence435
Criminal Justice442
Solving the Problems of Crime and Violence446
Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Delinquency451
Summary453
Questions for Critical Thinking455
Key Terms455
Internet Exercises456
Part IVProblems of a Changing World457
14Urbanization458
Understanding Human Communities460
Problems of Urbanization467
Solving the Problems of Urbanization476
Sociological Perspectives on Problems of Urbanization479
Summary484
Questions for Critical Thinking485
Key Terms486
Internet Exercises486
15Population487
What Caused the Population Explosion?490
The Impact of Population Growth494
The Graying of the Industrialized Nations496
Migration498
Solving Population Problems502
Sociological Perspectives on Population509
Summary513
Questions for Critical Thinking514
Key Terms514
Internet Exercises514
16The Environment515
Ecology516
The Human Impact517
Dwindling Resources529
Origins of the Environment Crisis533
Solving Our Environmental Problem537
Sociological Perspectives on the Environment542
Summary545
Questions for Critical Thinking546
Key Terms547
Internet Exercises547
17The Global Divide: Globalization and International Inequality548
Globalization and Global Inequality549
Explaining the Global Divide559
Solving the Problems of Global Inequality565
Sociological Perspectives on the Global Divide573
Summary576
Questions for Critical Thinking577
Key Terms578
Internet Exercises578
18Warfare, Terrorism, and International Conflict579
The Nature of War580
Terrorism585
The Causes of Warfare587
Solving the Problems of Warfare and International Conflict595
The Prospects for the Future599
Sociological Perspectives on Warfare and International Conflict603
Summary606
Questions for Critical Thinking608
Key Terms608
Internet Exercises608
Epilogue: Social Problems in the Twenty-first Century: Looking Forward and Looking Back609
Three Critical Issues: Justice, Cohesion, and Survival609
Looking to the Twenty-first Century: Three Scenarios for the Future613
Notes615
Glossary632
Photo Credits641
Name Index642
Subject Index644

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