Understanding Social Problems / Edition 8

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Overview

This new edition provides a comprehensive, theoretically balanced, humanistic and student-centered approach to studying social problems. Its widely praised features and pedagogy actively engage readers like no other textbook on the market. In a sea of dull, expensive hardcover texts, UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS is a lively, affordable, attractive paperback introduction to the study of social problems.
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New edition of a text that examines how the social structure and culture of society contribute to social problems and their consequences. The 16 chapters cover problems of well being, human diversity, inequality and power, and modernization. Each chapter begins with a vignette that illustrates the current relevance of the topic in question. Other features include social surveys to help students assess their own attitudes, personal experiences of individuals who have been affected by the social problem under discussion, examples of social science research, and information on how technology may contribute to social problems and their solutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111834487
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 141,635
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In addition to social problems, her specialties include law, criminology, and juvenile delinquency. She has published over 30 professional articles in such journals as SOCIAL FORCES, SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY, SEX ROLES, SOCIOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, and TEACHING SOCIOLOGY. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of North Carolina, Board of Governor's Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award.

David Knox, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at East Carolina University, where he teaches courtship and marriage; marriage and the family; and sociology of human sexuality. He is a marriage and family therapist, as well as the author or co-author of 12 books and over 100 professional articles.

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Family Relations, is instructor of sociology at East Carolina University and teaches courtship and marriage, introduction to sociology, and the sociology of food. Her clinical work includes marriage and family relationships. She is also a divorce mediator and the coauthor of several books, including UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS (Wadsworth 2010). She is married to David Knox.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Thinking about Social Problems 1
Ch. 2 Illness and Health Care 35
Ch. 3 Alcohol and Other Drugs 63
Ch. 4 Crime and Violence 93
Ch. 5 Family Problems 125
Ch. 6 Youth and Aging 161
Ch. 7 Sexual Orientation 191
Ch. 8 Gender Inequality 221
Ch. 9 Racial and Ethnic Relations 247
Ch. 10 Work 281
Ch. 11 Wealth and Poverty 311
Ch. 12 Urban Decline and Growth 341
Ch. 13 Crisis in Education 367
Ch. 14 Science and Technology 401
Ch. 15 Population and the Environment 429
Ch. 16 Global Conflict 463
Epilogue 495
Appendix A 499
Glossary 505
Name Index 515
Subject Index 525
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