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Social Problems : Community, Policy and Social Action

Social Problems : Community, Policy and Social Action - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761987826

Cover of Social Problems : Community, Policy and Social Action 05 (ISBN 978-0761987826)
ISBN13: 978-0761987826
ISBN10: 0761987827
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Published: 2005
International: No

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Social Problems : Community, Policy and Social Action - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761987826

Anna Leon-Guerrero

ISBN13: 978-0761987826
ISBN10: 0761987827
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Pine Forge Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

Terrorism. Poverty. Unemployment. AIDS. Crime. Drug abuse. Do any or all of these social problems exist in your community? What exactly is a social problem, and what policies and activities have been implemented to try and resolve them?

Anna Leon-Guerrero has written an accessible and insightful text which encourages students to play an active part in their own communities. By encouraging critical thinking and Internet research, students will come to recognize that social problems don't just exist "somewhere else," but that they exist on their own campuses and in their own neighborhoods and communities.

Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action offers a sociological perspective on the social problems discussed. It also provides an awareness that our personal experiences with problems that may arise in families, the workplace, health and medicine, the media, cities and suburbs, or with drug abuse, poverty, crime, the environment, and war and terrorism are often caused by structural or social forces. Unlike other texts, the book offers a balanced view through examining both the problems and attempts to resolve these pervasive social issues.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sociology and the Study of Social Problems

Using our Sociological Imagination
What is a Social Problem?
Understanding the Sociological Perspective
The Transformation from Problem to Solution
Making Sociological Connections

Chapter 2: The Bases of Inequality: Social Class, Ethnicity and Race

Why does Social Inequality Exist?
How are we Different?
Policy Focus: Affirmative Action in the Workplace

Chapter 3: The Bases of Inequality II: Sex and Gender, Sexual Orientation and Age

Inequalities Based on Sex and Gender
Policy Focus: Title IX
Inequalities Based on Sexual Orientation
Inequalities Based on Age
What are your Life Chances?

Chapter 4: Families

Myths of the Family
Sociological Perspectives on the Family
Problems in the Family
Family Policy, Advocacy and Innovation

Chapter 5: Education

The New Educational Standard
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Problems and Challenges in American Education
Education Policy, Advocacy and Innovation

Chapter 6: The Workplace

The Changing Nature of Work
Sociological Perspectives on Work
Problems in the Workplace
Workplace Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 7: Health and Medicine

Sociological Perspectives on Health, Illness and Medicine
Problems with Health Care
Health Care Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 8: Drug Abuse

Sociological Perspectives on Drug Abuse
What is Drug Abuse?
The Consequences of Drug Abuse
Drug Abuse Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 9: Poverty

Defining Poverty
Poverty in the United States
Explaining Poverty
The Consequences of Poverty and Welfare Reform
Poverty Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 10: Crime

Sociological Perspectives on Crime
Sources of Crime Statistics
Types of Crime
The Inequalities of Crime
Our Current Response to Crime - The Criminal Justice System
Crime Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 11: Media

Sociological Perspectives on the Media
The Media and its Social Problems
Media Advocacy, Policy and Innovation

Chapter 12: Cities and Suburbs

Urban Sociology and Demography
Sociological Perspectives on Urbanization
The Consequences of Urbanization
Urban and Community Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 13: Environment

Environmental Problems are Human Problems
Sociological Perspectives on the Environment
Social Problems and the Environment
Advocacy, Innovation and Policy

Chapter 14: War and Terrorism

Defining Terrorism and War
Sociological Perspectives on War and Terrorism
The Problems of War and Terrorism
War and Terrorism Advocacy, Innovation and Policy a. Political diplomacy

Chapter 15: Social and Community Action

Private Troubles versus Public Issues
Social Problems and Their Solutions
Understanding Social MovementsIV. How do social movements begin?
How do Social Movements Begin?
How have Reform Movements Made a Difference?
Making the Last Connection