What's the Problem?: A Brief Guide to Thinking Critically / Edition 1

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With What's the Problem? A Brief Guide to Thinking Critically Paula Rothenberg applies her hallmark insight to some of the most relevant and controversial problems of our day. Utilizing high interest and readable articles, the 8 parts of this brief collection present multiple perspectives on such urgent societal issues as hunger, homelessness, consumerism, crime, abstinence education and more.  With the aid of part introductions and questions sets, students are challenged to first, identify the individual author perspectives and then, more broadly, to think critically about how these issues are framed in the public eye.  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429242189
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,285,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Rothenberg is a  Senior Fellow at The Murphy Institute, City University of New York and Professor Emerita at William Patterson University of New Jersey. From 1989 to 2006 she served as Director of The New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching.   She is the author of several books including autobiographical Invisible Privilege: A Memoir about Race, Class, and Gender.  She is also co-editor of a number of anthologies including Creating and Inclusive College Curriculum:  A Teaching Sourcebook from the New Jersey Project and Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations between Women and Men, one of the first women's studies texts. Her articles and essays appear in journals and anthologies across the disciplines and have been widely reprinted.  Her work was instrumental in the creation of women's studies and multicultural studies as academic disciplines.  

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What’s the Problem?
Part 1: Turning Your Lawn into a Victory Garden Won’t Save You
1.1 Turning Your Lawn into a Victory Garden Won’t Save You—Fighting the Corporations Will —Stan Cox
1.2 A Shortage of Democracy, Not Food —Frances Moore Lappé
1.3 Want Amid Plenty: From Hunger to Inequality —Janet Poppendieck

Part 2: Does Shopping for a Good Cause Really Help? Activism and the New Chic
2.1 The Rage Over (Red) —Jessica Bennett
2.2 Gift-Wrapped Guilt? My Adventure with Ethical Shopping —Frances Stead Sellers
2.3 Ethical Shopping Is Just Another Way of Showing How Rich You Are —George Monbiot

Part 3: It Didn’t Happen and Besides, They Deserved It
3.1 Sand Castles and Snake Pits: Homelessness, Public Policy, and the Law of Unintended Consequences —Lillian B. Rubin
3.2 “Everyone Deserves a Place to Sleep at Night” —C. Fraser Smith
3.3 Hope for the Homeless? —Patrick Markee and Lizzy Ratner

Part 4: Poverty Is Hazardous to Your Health
4.1 Health Policy Placebos —David U. Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
4.2 Poverty Is Hazardous to Your Health —Katha Pollitt
4.3 Inequality: Bad for Your Health: An Interview with Social Epidemiologist Ichiro Kawachi —Amy Gluckman and Alissa Thuotte

Part 5: Crime and Punishment
5.1 I Am Not the Enemy —Felicia J. Nu’Man
5.2 Reports Find Racial Gap in Drug Arrests —Erik Eckholm
5.3 The Harm of “Get Tough” Policies —Ellis Cose

Part 6: Abstinence: Whose Privilege, Whose Power?
6.1 Would You Pledge Your Virginity to Your Father? —Jennifer Baumgardner
6.2 Red Sex, Blue Sex —Margaret Talbot
6.3 Is the Pope Crazy? —Katha Pollitt

Part 7: “Hello Central, Give Me Heaven”
7.1 Moms in Touch with God —Tanya Drobness
7.2 Stress Test: Why Americans Want to Believe That Our Mental States Can Control Our Physical Maladies —Peggy Orenstein
7.3 Is Prayer Good for Your Health? —Stan Cox

Part 8: It’s the Solution, Not the Problem
8.1 Human Greed Lies at the Root of Economic Crisis: Interview with Michael Bolden —Neal Conan
8.2 The Lesson from the [Fiscal] Crisis: Regulations Are Worthless —Kevin A. Hassett
8.3 It’s the Solution, Not the Problem —Jeff Madrick

Conclusion: What’s the Problem? Questions and Answers

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