Social Problems

Social Problems

by John J. Macionis
     
 

An introductory sociology textbook that takes a social- constructionist approach to the material. While presenting material standard to numerous other social problems textbooks, the authors also attempt to explain the politics behind how and why some groups will define something as problem and the various reasons they give for the causes and solutions to problems. The… See more details below

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An introductory sociology textbook that takes a social- constructionist approach to the material. While presenting material standard to numerous other social problems textbooks, the authors also attempt to explain the politics behind how and why some groups will define something as problem and the various reasons they give for the causes and solutions to problems. The material mainly focuses on the United States, but some discussion of global issues is included throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900205881399
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with: Going On from Here; Chapter Summary; Key Concepts; Critical-Thinking Questions; Getting Involved; Sites to See.)
1. Sociology: Studying Social Problems.

Did You Know? Seeing Patterns: The Sociological Perspective. Defining Social Problems. Social Problems: Ten Assertions. Analyzing Social Problems: The Role of Theory. Finding the Facts: Sociological Research. Responding to Social Problems: Social Policy. Looking Beyond Ourselves: A Global Perspective. Politics: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

2. Poverty and Wealth.
Did You Know? Economic Inequality in the United States. The Rich and the Poor: A Social Profile. Social Problems Linked to Poverty. Responding to Poverty: The Welfare System. Theoretical Analysis: Making Sense of Poverty. Politics: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

3. Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
Did You Know? Race and Ethnicity. Minority-Majority Interaction. The Social Standing of U.S. Minorities. Prejudice. Discrimination. Theoretical Analysis: Making Sense of Race and Ethnicity. Politics: Constructing Racial and Ethnic Problems and Defining Solutions.

4. Gender Inequality.
Did You Know? What Is Gender? Gender and Social Institutions. Gender Stratification. Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Gender Inequality. Feminism. Politics and Gender: Constructing Problems and DefiningSolutions.

5. Aging and Inequality.
Did You Know? The Life Course. Growing Old. The Graying of the United States. Problems of Aging. Theoretical Analysis of Aging. Politics and Aging: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

6. Crime and Criminal Justice.
Did You Know? Norms, Laws, and Crime? Street Crime: Problem. Street Crime: Who Are the Criminals? Other Dimensions of the Crime Problem. Explaining Crime: Biological and Psychological Theories. Explaining Crime: Sociological Theories. The Criminal Justice System. Politics: Constructing and Solving the Crime Problem.

7. Violence.
Did You Know? What Is Violence? Criminal Violence. Family Violence. Social Dimensions of Violence. Explaining Violence: Biological and Psychological Theories. Explaining Violence: Sociological Theories. Politics and Violence: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

8. Sexuality.
Did You Know? What Is Sex? Sexual Attitudes in the United States. Sexual Orientation. Pornography. Sexual Harassment. Prostitution. Teenage Pregnancy. Abortion. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Theoretical Analysis of Sexuality. Politics: Constructing and Solutions.

9. Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Did You Know? What Is a Drug? Types of Drugs. Drugs and Other Social Problems. Approaches to the Drug Problem. Social Policy: Responding to the Drug Problem. Theoretical Analysis: Making Sense of Drug Related Social Problems. Politics and Drugs: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

10. Physical and Mental Health.
Did You Know? The State of Health: A Global Perspective. Health Policy: For Care. U.S. Health Care in the United States: A System in Crisis? Mental Health and Illness. Theoretical Analysis: Making Sense of Health Problems. Politics and Health: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

11. Economy and Politics.
Did You Know? Economic Systems. The Economy and Politics. Problems of the U.S. Political Economy. Theoretical Analysis of Economic and Political Problems. Political Economy: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

12. Work and the Workplace.
Did You Know? The Importance of Work. Structural Changes in the U.S. Economy. Problems of the U.S. Workplace. New Information Technology: The Brave New Workplace. Theoretical Analysis of Work-Related Social Problems. Politics and the Workplace: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

13. Family Life.
Did You Know? What Is a Family? Problems of Family Life. Theoretical Analysis of Family Problems. Politics and Family Life: Constructing Family Problems and Defining Solutions.

14. Education.
Did You Know? The State of Education: A Global Perspective. Problems with U.S. Education. Theoretical Analysis of Educational Problems. Politics and Education: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

15. Cities and Urban Life.
Did You Know? The Evolution of U.S. Cities. Problems of Today's Cities. Theoretical Analysis of Urban Problems. Politics and Urban Life: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

16. Population and Global Inequality.
Did You Know? Global Population Increase. Global Inequality. Theoretical Analysis of Global Inequality. Politics and Global Inequality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

17. Technology and the Environment.
Did You Know? Ecology: Studying the Natural Environment. Environmental Problems. Theoretical Analysis of Society, Technology, and the Environment. Politics and the Environment: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

18. War and Terrorism.
Did You Know? War and Peace: Basic Definitions. Terrorism. Theoretical Analysis of Understanding War and Terrorism. Politics and War: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions.

Glossary.
References.
Photo Credits.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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