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Conflicting Interests Readings in Social Problems and Inequality



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Featuring twenty-six in-depth and engaging articles, Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality is a unique social problems reader in which the majority of the selections reflect the conflict perspective. This approach views social problems as the consequence of social and economic inequalities and therefore encourages students to critically analyze American public policy responses to social problems. Conflicting Interests is organized into five sections: Thinking about Social Problems, The Economics of Inequality, Social Inequalities, Problems of the Family, Crime and Drugs, and Problems of the Environment. Several articles address the contemporary economic crisis and the role that the media plays in constructing social problems. In addition, many of the essays describe public policies in countries outside of the United States, providing students with alternative, cross-cultural perspectives and solutions to social problems. Each section begins with an introduction that briefly summarizes the articles and shows how they are interrelated. Each essay concludes with critical thinking questions that are designed to stimulate class discussion and to help students carefully evaluate the issues. A thought-provoking and accessible supplement for social problems courses, Conflicting Interests can also be used in courses on inequality or social stratification. It is an ideal supplement to editor Robert Heiner's textbook, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Third Edition.

Table of Contents

Thinking about Social Problems
The Sociological Imagination: The Promise
Constructing Social Problems
An Introduction to the Sociology of Social Problems
The Problem of Journalism
The Economics of Inequality
The Governing Class
The New Economic Insecurity
The Copenhagen Consensus
Global Inequality and the Challenges of Reducing Extreme Poverty
Social Inequalities
Women and Wealth: A Primer
The Payoff from Women's Rights
Doubly Divided: The Racial Wealth Gap
School Finance: Inequality Persists
Double Standards in Health Care
Problems of the Family
The Way We Wish We Were: Defining the Family Crisis
Striking a Balance
More than Welcome: Families Come First in Sweden
Life without Children
Crime and Drugs
The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice
Schools and Prisons: How Far Have We Come since Brown v. Board of Education?
The Growth of Incarceration in the Netherlands
First, Reduce Harm
Rx Drugs, 60 Minutes
Problems of the Environment
Reversal of Fortune
The Establishment vs. the Environment
The Wealth of the Poor: Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty, World Resources Institute
Differential Vulnerabilities: Environmental and Economic Inequality and Government Responses to Unnatural Disasters
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