Social Problems / Edition 12

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Social Problems / Edition 12

B> This best-selling book continues with this new edition its tradition of challenging readers to become enthusiastic about exploring the intricacies and mysteries of social life using the sociological perspective. Taking a conflict approach, Eitzen and Baca Zinn focus on the social structure to determine the underlying features of the social world in an effort to help students to understand today's social problems. Incorporates five themes throughout the book: the structural sources of social problems; the role of the United States in global social problems; the centrality of class, race, and gender as sources of division, inequality, and injustice; the critical examination of society; the solutions to social problems. For anyone interested in Social Problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205788088
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 10/04/2010
Series: The Intersections Collection: Custom Resources in Sociology Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Chapter Review," "Key Terms," "For Further Study," and "Websites."


1. The Sociological Approach to Social Problems.
The History of Social Problems Theory.
Toward a Definition of Social Problems.
Types of Social Problems.
Social Structure as the Basic Unit of Analysis.
Organization of the Book.

2. Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System.
Capitalism and Socialism.
The U.S. Economy: The Concentration of Corporate Wealth.
The Political System: The Links between Wealth and Power.
The Bias of the Political System.


3. World Population and Global Inequality.
World Population Growth.
Priorities of Third World Nations: Military Security or Economic Security?
U.S. Relations with the Third World.

4. Threats to the Environment.
Worldwide Environmental Problems.
Global Environmental Crises.
Sources of U.S. Environmental Problems.
Solutions to the Environmental Crises.
International Implications of Environmental Problems.

5. Demographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society.
A Profile of the United States Population.
The New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape.
Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape.
The Aging Society.
Problems of an Aging Society.
Responses by the Elderly: Human Agency.

6. Urban Problems in the UnitedStates.
The Mugging of U.S. Cities.
The Declining Quality of Urban Life.
Urban Policy: Rebuilding U.S. Cities.
American Cities at the Beginning of a New Century.


7. Poverty.
The Extent of Poverty.
Myths About Poverty.
The Costs of Poverty.
The Causes of Poverty.
The Elimination of Poverty.

8. Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
How to Think About Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
Racial and Ethnic Minorities.
Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
Discrimination Against African Americans and Latinos: Continuity and Change.
Contemporary Trends and Issues in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations.
Racial Policies at the Turn of the Century.

9. Gender Inequality.
The Differentiation and Ranking of Women and Men.
Learning Gender.
Reinforcing Male Dominance.
Structured Gender Inequality.
The Costs and Consequences of Sexism.
Fighting the System.

10. Sexual Orientation.
Social Deviance.
The Gay and Lesbian Community: An Overview.
Fighting the System: Human Agency.

11. Disability and Ableism.
People with Disabilities as a Minority Group.
Issues of Gender, Sexual Behavior, and Fertility.


12. Crime and Justice.
Crime in Society.
The Unjust System of Justice.
The Unjust Imposition of the Label "Criminal."

13. Drugs.
Drugs in Society.
The Politics of Drugs.
U. S. Official Policy: A War on Drugs.


14. Work.
The Problems of Work.
The Structural Transformation of the Economy.
Age of Discontinuity.
The Changing Economy, Demography, and the Future of Work.
The Transformation of the Economy and the Bifurcation of the United States.

15. Families.
The Mythical Family in the United States.
Families in Contemporary U.S. Society: The Family in Capitalism.
Stratification and Family Life: Unequal Life Chances.
Parents and Children.
Violence in U.S. Families.

16. Education.
The Characteristics of Education in the United States.
Education and Inequality.
Possiblilities for Promoting Equality of Opportunity.
Restructuring Society.

17. Health and Health Care Delivery.
Unequal Access to Health Care.
The Changing Social Organization of Health Care Delivery.
Toward a Better Health Care System: Some Alternatives.

18. National Security in the 21st Century.
The U. S. Defense Establishment.


19. A Progressive Plan to Solve Society's Social Problems.
Social Problems and Social Policy.
Sociology, Social Problems, and Social Change.
Progressive Principles to Guide Public Policy.
Is a Progressive Social Policy Possible?
Human Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up. @CHAPTER= Bibliography.

Name Index. @CHAPTER= Subject Index.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors of this book have a complete bias. This is a book with an agenda. A view of the authors, from pages 110-111 "People's freedom to order life as they please..., to have as many children as they want, to acquire things, to consume fuel on a pleasure trip--will be controlled... These values will die hard, especially the choice of freedom... But these changes must occur or we will perish." The Bibliography of this book has multiple spelling errors including errors that make tracking down references difficult. It makes references that are incorrect and adds additional points to references. Example: on page 86 the book references (Knickerbocker 2006) with 4 bullet points, the first of the four is not listed in either of the two articles that this may reference. This book is used in a Chemeketa Community College class SOC 206 (Social Problems). I cannot believe that this class is being taught with this book. I have not finished this book and I have only checked a limited amount of the references. But the majority of the ones I have checked have grammatical errors and have been from other sites with the same agenda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute shame that so much paper was wasted to print this book. It is mandatory reading for Social Problems at Columbia Basin Community in Washington State, and it is simply propaganda. The "facts" are disputable, the opinions are rampant, and there are no alternative viewpoints. If your class requires this book, drop the class, no class should use it, ever. I finished the course I had, but my teacher was far less biased than the authors of this book, and if you can't be positive that your teacher will be the same, I'm telling you, drop the class. This book is a bad indication of what your teacher likely thinks, and there is no way that a college student, no matter how liberal, will agree with everything pushed by this book.