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Social Problems : Causes, Consequences, Interventions

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This compact and affordable text serves as an introduction to a wide range of social problems. Social Problems, Second Edition, is unique in that all chapters are organized in a consistent format, beginning with the definition and prevalence of the social problem covered, followed by levels of causation, consequences, and interventions. Each chapter includes a discussion of the future of each social problem covered and a summary of its substantive issues. All chapters conclude with discussion questions, references, and a list of relevant websites. This lively, readable volume introduces students to a variety of sociological viewpoints on social problems. Every topic is analyzed from individual, cultural, and structural perspectives. This diversity allows instructors to compare explanations that incorporate such structural factors as social class and economic structure to explanations that focus on cultural factors or on biological and psychological characteristics of the individual. Social Problems, Second Edition, emphasizes the importance of gender, race, and class for understanding social problems. The text focuses on the U.S., but incorporates comparative, cross-cultural material when appropriate. Unique features of this book include the following: * A consistent approach that offers solutions to social problems, not just explanations * Full chapters on the topics of cities and urban decline, and on food and population * Coverage of such issues as the criminalization of pregnancy, domestic violence as a health issue, and aging and homosexuality To stimulate student interest, each chapter begins with an "In the News" section that consists of several newspaper articles on current issues. Every chapter also includes "A Closer Look" inserts to heighten student interest by describing ongoing efforts to resolve current social issues. Some inserts highlight the impact of social policy, while others summarize research or challenge "common sense" assumptions. A comprehensive Instructor's Resource Guide/Testing Program and a Website accompany the text.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 175.26 x 248.92 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • halftones & line illus.
  • 0195329759
  • 9780195329759

Table of contents

ALL CHAPTERS CONCLUDE WITH DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, REFERENCES, AND A LIST OF RELEVANT WEBSITES. ; CHAPTERS 2-16 ALSO INCLUDE SUMMARIES. ; 1. UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS ; In the News: An End to Social Problems? ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; About the Book ; 2. INEQUALITY AND POVERTY ; In the News: Children and Poverty ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Inequality and Poverty ; 3. RACIAL INEQUALITY ; In the News: Who Are We? Census Racial Categories ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Racial Inequality ; 4. GENDER INEQUALITY ; In the News: Title IX and Women's Sports ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Gender Inequality ; 5. AGE DISCRIMINATION ; In the News: Children Caring for Their Elderly Parents ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Age Discrimination ; 6. SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND HOMOPHOBIA ; In the News: Coming Out on Television: Ellen ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Homophobia ; 7. CRIME AND VIOLENCE ; In the News: Why Is the Crime Rate Falling? ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Inequality and Poverty ; 8. SUBSTANCE ABUSE ; In the News: Switzerland's Heroin Distribution Program ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Drug Abuse ; 9. CHILD ABUSE ; In the News: Taking Children Out of Abusive Families ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Child Abuse ; 10. BATTERED WOMEN ; In the News: Battered Women and the Courts ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Battered Women ; 11. DIVORCE ; In the News: Tightening the Bonds of Marriage in Louisiana ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Divorce ; 12. HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE ISSUES ; In the News: Surviving in America Without Health Insurance ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Health Care ; 13. CITIES AND URBAN DECLINE ; In the News: The Fall and Rise of a Neighborhood ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Urban Life ; 14. POPULATION AND FOOD ; In the News: Going Hungry in American Cities ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Population and Food ; 15. ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ; In the News: The Summit on the Environment ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of the Environment ; 16. MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY ; In the News: Free Speech on the Internet ; Definition and Prevalence ; Levels of Causation ; Consequences ; Interventions ; The Future of Mass Media and Societyshow more