Sociology has tackled some of the most formidable problems that confront contemporary society: inequality, homelessness, violence, gender, and many more. Sociologists assert that hypotheses can be formulated and tested against empirical evidence, that faulty viewpoints can be uncovered and discarded, and that plausible theory can be distinguished from mere ideology. This collection was written over a span of forty-four years and is presented in the belief that sociology is a science.
In Social Problems, Social Issues, Social Science, James D. Wright presents his research on some of the social issues that have most vexed America: homelessness, addiction, divorce, minimum wage, and gun control, among others. Starting with essays first published in the flagship journal Society, Wright offers readers a foundational look at specific social problems and the methods sociologists have used to study them. He then provides an up-to-date re-examination of each issue, analysing the changes that have occurred over time and how sociologists have responded to it.
This book is both a retrospective on the field and on one scholar's life and work. Using his own experience in researching and writing about America's most trenchant social issues, Wright describes the evolution of the methods and theory used by social scientists to understand and, ultimately, to confront America's most troublesome social problems.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
James D. Wright is an author, educator, and the Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. He has written twenty-four books and more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, essays, reviews, and polemics.
Table of Contents
ContentsPreface: "Nor Commit a Social Science . . . "Acknowledgements1 Public Opinion and the War in VietnamIntroduction"Life, Time, and the Fortunes of War"In Retrospect2 America's HomelessIntroduction"The Worthy and Unworthy Homeless"In Retrospect"Address Unknown: Homelessness inContemporary America"In Retrospect"Science, Passion and Polemics"In Retrospect3 The Minimum WageIntroduction"Minimum Wage, Maximum Hokum"In Retrospect4 Popular Science and Social ScienceIntroduction"Popular Science, Social Science, Metaphor,and Deception"In Retrospect5 Guns in AmericaIntroduction"Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America""Kids, Guns and Killing Fields"In Retrospect6 Handsome Guys Don't Commit CrimesIntroduction"Never Pick a Fight with an Ugly Person,They've Got Nothing to Lose"In Retrospect7 America's Divorce ProblemIntroduction"America's Divorce Problem"In RetrospectMarriage Matters: A Report to Our Respondents8 Small Towns in Mass SocietyIntroduction"Small Towns, Mass Society, and the 21st Century"In Retrospect9 Sober Up, Take a Shower, Get a JobIntroduction"Sobering Up on the Streets""How Can We Stay Sober"In Retrospect10 Food, Glorious FoodIntroduction"Food Deserts: What is the Problem,What is the Solution?"In Retrospect11 Social Science in ReviewIntroductionDaniel Yankelovich, "New Rules: Searching forSelf Fulfillment in a World Turned Upside Down"In RetrospectSeymour M. Lipset and William Schneider,"The Confidence Gap"In RetrospectWayne LaPierre, "Guns, Crime, and Freedom"In RetrospectJohn Shelton Reed, "Dixie Bohemia: A FrenchQuarter Circle in the 1920s"In RetrospectIndex