Introduction to Social Problems / Edition 8 available in Paperback
This social problems text features an applied approach that looks at the interplay between research and policy in finding solutions, along with a built-in student study guide.
Sullivan’s Introduction to Social Problems explores the nature and extent of social problems, documents the advances and setbacks that we as a society have made, and analyzes what works and what doesn't work regarding solutions to today's problems. The author, an applied sociologist, shows how scientific research is used to address and correct some of the most difficult and controversial problems confronting the United States and the world today.
About the Author
Thomas J. Sullivan is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Michigan University, specializing in social psychology, research methods, applied sociology, and medical sociology. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from San Francisco State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of Sociology: Concepts and Applications in a Diverse World, 8th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2009), Methods of Social Research (Wadsworth, 2001), and Applied Sociology: Research and Critical Thinking (Allyn & Bacon, 1992); he is the co-author of Applied Social Research: Tool for the Human Services, 9th ed. (Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2014). Sullivan has published articles in Social Science and Medicine and Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. His applied research has focused on evaluation research of social service delivery in elementary schools and of teen pregnancy prevention and intervention services. He has served in various elected and appointed positions for the American Sociological Association, the Society for Applied Sociology, and the Midwest Sociological Society.
Table of Contents
Each chapter concludes with “Linkages,” “Summary,” “Researching Social Problems on the Internet,” and “Study and Review.”
1. Approaches to the Study of Social Problems.
What Is a Social Problem?
Theoretical Perspectives on Social Problems.
Research on Social Problems.
Future Prospects: Solving Social Problems.
2. Growth of Corporate and Government Power.
Types of Economic Systems.
The Concentration of Economic and Political Power.
Perspectives on the Concentration of Power.
Problems Created by the Concentration of Power.
3. Family-Related Problems.
The Family in Society.
Attitudes Toward Marriage and the Family.
Emerging Family Lifestyles.
Violence in the Family.
Constructing Family Problems: Media Images.
4. Health and Illness.
Perspectives on Health Care.
Health, Illness, and Society.
Problems in Health Care.
Bioethics: Technology and Health.
The Extent of Poverty.
Who Are the Poor?
The Causes of Poverty.
6. Race and Ethnic Relations.
Sources of Prejudice and Discrimination.
Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the United States.
7. Gender and Social Inequality.
Men and Women in Society.
The Socialization of Men and Women.
The Extent of Gender Inequality in the United States.
A Global Perspective on Gender Inequality.
8. Age, Sexual Orientation, and Social Inequality.
Age, Life Course, and Social Structure.
Problems of the Young.
Problems of the Elderly.
Homosexuality and Homophobia.
9. Crime and Delinquency.
Types of Crime.
Who Are the Criminals?
The Criminal Justice System.
10. Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Drugs and Their Consequences.
The Extent of Drug Abuse in the United States.
Explanations of Drug Abuse.
11. Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Trade.
Variety in Human Sexuality.
Perspectives on Sexual Deviance.
12. Population Growth and Urbanization.
The Growth of Cities.
Perspectives on Population and Urban Problems.
Consequences of World Population Growth.
Problems in Cities in the United States.
13. Environmental Problems.
Social Resources of Environmental Problems.
Perspectives on Environmental Problems.
Social Construction of Environmental Problems.
Extent of Environmental Problems.
14. Violence, War, and Terrorism.
The Extent of Violence.
Explanations of Collective Violence and War.
The Consequences of War.
15. Education, Science, and Technology.
Growth of Education and Technology.
Perspectives on Education, Science, and Technology.
Problems in Education.
Problems of Science and Technology.