Social Problems / Edition 4

Social Problems / Edition 4

by John J. Macionis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205164919

ISBN-13: 9780205164912

Pub. Date: 07/19/2011

Publisher: Pearson

Macionis' Social Problems is the first volume written from the standpoint that social problems are political in origin. The book applies various theoretical paradigms including social-conflict, structural-functional and symbolic-interaction, to the issues and brings politics to life with conservative, liberal and radical perspectives on all issues and…  See more details below

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Macionis' Social Problems is the first volume written from the standpoint that social problems are political in origin. The book applies various theoretical paradigms including social-conflict, structural-functional and symbolic-interaction, to the issues and brings politics to life with conservative, liberal and radical perspectives on all issues and solutions. The volume studies social problems, poverty and wealth, racial and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, aging, problems of crime and criminal justice, violence, sexuality, drug use and abuse and physical and mental health, economy and politics, the workplace, family life, education, cities and urban life, population and world hunger, technology and the environment and the war on terrorism. For individuals interested in understanding social problems from a political perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205164912
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:
1.) BRIEF
2.) COMPREHENSIVE



BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part I: Sociology’s Basic Approach
Chapter 1: Sociology: Studying Social Problems

Part II: Problems of Social Inequality
Chapter 2: Poverty and Wealth Chapter 3: Racial and Ethnic Inequality Chapter 4: Gender Inequality Chapter 5: Aging and Inequality

Part III: Problems of Deviance, Conformity, and Well-Being
Chapter 6: Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice Chapter 7: Sexuality Chapter 8: Alcohol and Other Drugs Chapter 9: Physical and Mental Health

Part IV: Problems of Social Institutions
Chapter 10: Economy and Politics Chapter 11: Work and the Workplace Chapter 12: Family Life Chapter 13: Education Chapter 14: Urban Life Chapter 15: Population and Global Inequality Chapter 16: Technology and the Environment Chapter 17: War and Terrorism



COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
(Every chapter ends with: Going On from Here, Defining Solutions, Getting Involved: Applications & Exercises, Making the Grade, Visual Summary, and Sample Test Questions)

Preface

Part I: Sociology’s Basic Approach

Chapter 1: Sociology: Studying Social Problems
Constructing the Social Problem Seeing Patterns: The Sociological Imagination Social Problems: The Basics Beyond Our Borders: A Global Perspective Analyzing Social Problems: Sociological Theory Finding the Facts: Sociological Research Responding to Social Problems: Social Policy Politics: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment A Call to Action: The Message of Martin Luther King Jr.

Part II: Problems of Social Inequality

Chapter 2: Poverty and Wealth

Constructing the Social Problem Economic Inequality in the United States The Rich and the Poor: A Social Profile Problems Linked to Poverty Responding to Poverty: The Welfare System
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment U.S. Society Discovers Poverty
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Poverty Politics and Poverty: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 3: Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Constructing the Social Problem Race and Ethnicity Patterns of Majority-Minority Interaction
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Rosa Parks: Saying No to Segregation
The Social Standing of U.S. Minorities Prejudice Discrimination Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Racial and Ethnic Inequality Politics, Race, and Ethnicity: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 4: Gender Inequality
Constructing the Social Problem What Is Gender?
Gender and Social Institutions Gender Stratification Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Gender Inequality Feminism
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Claiming Women’s Right to Equality
Politics and Gender: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 5: Aging and Inequality
Constructing the Social Problem Growing Old The Graying of the United States Problems of Aging
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment A Good Death: Cicely Saunders and Hospice
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Aging and Inequality Politics and Aging: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Part III: Problems of Deviance, Conformity, and Well-Being

Chapter 6: Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice
Constructing the Social Problem Norms, Law, and Crime Crime: The Extent of the Problem
“Street Crime”: Who Are the Criminals?
Other Dimensions of the Crime Problem Violence
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment U.S. Society Discovers Child Abuse
The Criminal Justice System Explaining Crime: Biological and Psychological Theories Explaining Crime: Sociological Theories Politics and Crime: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 7: Sexuality
Constructing the Social Problem What Is Sex?
Sexual Attitudes in the United States
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Alfred Kinsey: Talking Openly about Sex
Sexual Orientation Pornography Sexual Harassment Prostitution Teenage Pregnancy Abortion Sexually Transmitted Diseases Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Sexuality Politics and Sexuality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 8: Alcohol and Other Drugs
Constructing the Social Problem What Is a Drug?
The Extent of Drug Use Types of Drugs Drugs and Other Social Problems Social Policy: Responding to the Drug Problem
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Bill Wilson: Alcoholics Can Learn to Be Sober
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Drug-Related Social Problems Politics and Drugs: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 9: Physical and Mental Health
Constructing the Social Problem Health and Illness: A Global Perspective Health Policy: Paying for Care Health Care in the United States: A System in Crisis?
Mental Health and Illness
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Dorothea Dix: Mentally Ill People Deserve Our Help
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Health Problems Politics and Health: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Part IV: Problems of Social Institutions

Chapter 10: Economy and Politics
Constructing the Social Problem Economic Systems: Defining Justice, Defining Problems The Economy and Politics Problems of the U.S. Political Economy
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Store Wars: Is Wal-Mart the Problem or the Solution?
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Economic and Political Problems Politics and the Economy: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 11: Work and the Workplace
Constructing the Social Problem The Importance of Work Structural Changes in the U.S. Economy Other Problems of the U.S. Workplace
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Eugene Debs: Standing Up for the Union
New Information Technology: The Brave New Workplace Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Work-Related Problems Politics and the Workplace: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 12: Family Life
Constructing the Social Problem What Is a Family?
Controversies over Family Life
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment
Same-Sex Marriage: The Massachusetts Decision
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Family Problems Politics and Family Life: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 13: Education
Constructing the Social Problem Problems of Education: A Global Perspective Problems with U.S. Education
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Linda Brown: Fighting to Desegregate the Schools
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Educational Problems Politics and Education: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 14: Urban Life
Constructing the Social Problem Cities: Then and Now Problems of Today’s Cities
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Jacob Riis: Revealing the Horror of the Tenements

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Urban Problems Politics and Urban Life: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Part V: Global Problems

Chapter 15: Population and Global Inequality
Constructing the Social Problem Global Population Increase
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Thomas Robert Malthus: Claiming Population Is a Problem

Global Inequality Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Global Inequality Politics and Global Inequality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 16: Technology and the Environment
Constructing the Social Problem Ecology: Studying the Natural Environment Environmental Problems
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Rachel Carson: Sounding an Environmental Wake-Up Call
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Environmental Problems Politics and the Environment: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Chapter 17: War and Terrorism
Constructing the Social Problem War and Peace: Basic Definitions Terrorism
Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment Mohandas Gandhi: Spreading a Message of Peace
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding War and Terrorism Politics and War: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Glossary References Photo Credits About the Author Name Index Subject Index

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