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Social Problems explores the consequences of symbolic interactionism in society, a theory which contends that people attach meanings to symbols such as language or gestures and base their behaviors on their interpretations of these meanings. Norman A. Dolch, Linda Deutschmann, and Helen Powell compile a number of critical and innovative essays that explore different aspects of society including mental illness, race relations, terrorism, and family life. A unique pedagogical feature of this book is the use of case studies to introduce each chapter and begin the groundwork upon which concepts and theories are further analyzed. Each chapter ends with an engaging discussion of proven interventions for bringing about change, should the readers desire to get involved. Social Problems is a comprehensive and rich text that will appeal to those interested in sociology and anthropology.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Mental Illness Chapter 3 Sexual Behaviors Chapter 4 Drugs Chapter 5 Crime and Delinquency Chapter 6 Gender Inequality Chapter 7 Family Chapter 8 Aging Chapter 9 Minorities Chapter 10 Health Care Chapter 11 Economy and Work Chapter 12 Poverty Chapter 13 Education Chapter 14 Population Change Chapter 15 Terrorism