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All chapters conclude with "Summary."
1. The Sociology of Social Problems.
Sociology and Social Problems.
Studying Problems Sociologically.
Theoretical Interpretations of Social Problems.
Toward an Understanding of Contemporary Problems.
2. Family Disorganization: Crisis in the Home.
The Impact of Work and the Economy on Family Life.
3. Drugs, Alcohol, and Gambling: Taking a Chance.
Understanding the Problem of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Drug Use and Abuse.
Alcohol Use and Abuse.
4. Health and Health Care: Paying the Price.
Measuring Health and Illness.
Health, Illness, and Death in Developing Countries.
Health and Economic Development.
Societal Responses to Preventable Death and Illness.
Health Care USA: A System in Crisis.
Tackling the U.S. Health Care Problem.
5. Problems in Education and Work: Chasing the Dream.
The Theory and Practice of Education.
Education in the United States: A System in Crisis.
Work in Theory and Practice.
Problems in Work and the Workplace.
6. Inequality and Poverty: Falling Behind.
Assessing Contemporary Inequality.
Industrialism, Postindustrialism, and Inequality.
Poverty and Homelessness in the United States.
7. Problems of Race and Ethnicity: The Melting Pot Boils Over.
Understanding the Problems of Race and Ethnicity.
Inequalities between Majority Groups and Minority Groups.
Patterns of Racial and Ethnic GroupRelations.
Race and Ethnic Relations in the Global Village.
Race and Ethnic Group Relations in the United States.
8. Inequalities of Sex and Gender: The Longest War.
Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.
Patterns of Gender Inequality.
Sexual Issues as a Battlefront.
Feminism and the Women's Movement.
9. Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice: Getting Busted.
Counting Crime Around the World.
Offenders and Victims.
Crime and Unemployment.
Explanations of Crime and Violence.
Violence and Crime.
Property and Occupational Crimes.
Organized Crime in the United States.
Organized Crime—The Global Dimension.
The Criminal Justice System.
10. Population Dynamics: Too Many and Too Few People.
Underpopulation and Societal Aging.
11. Environmental Problems: Trashing the Planet.
Problems of Environmental Depletion.
Perpetual Resource Depletion.
Nonrenewable Resource Depletion.
Problems of Environmental Destruction.
Problems of Waste Disposal.
12. The World at War: Apocalypse Now.
Understanding Conflict and War.
The Cold War and Its Aftermath.
Keeping the Peace: Hurdling the Millennium.