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Outlines & Highlights for: Social Problems and the Quality of Life,9780073380124

Outlines & Highlights for: Social Problems and the Quality of Life

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9780073380124

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0073380121
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6/8/2010 5:32:00 PM
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MCGRAW HILL
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Summary

Focusing on quality of life, this text defines what a social problem is and then addresses specific issuesfor example, how can one gain a sociological understanding of social problems? What kinds of critical thinking should one engage in and what kinds should one avoid in attempting to understand social problems? How is the quality of one's life affected by particular problems? What causes these problems and how can we resolve them? Part One establishes key approaches to social problems; the remaining parts discuss the social problems that most acutely impact the quality of our lives.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Part One: Foundations 1. Understanding Social Problems Objectives "Why Is It My Fault?" Introduction Personal versus Social Problems The Causes of Problems The Consequences of Problems A Model For Understanding A Theory-Based Model Quality of Life Multiple Levels of Social Problems Social Action for Resolution The Changing Nature of Social Problems Analyzing Social Problems Critical Thinking: Recognizing Fallacies Fallacy of the Dramatic Instance Fallacy of Retrospective Determinism Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness Fallacy of Personal Attack Fallacy of Appeal to Prejudice Fallacy of Circular Reasoning Fallacy of Authority Fallacy of Composition Fallacy of Non Sequitur Involvement--How, and How Not, To Think Fallacies and the Mass Media The Sources of Data: Social Research Survey Research Statistical Analysis of Official Records Experiments Participant Observation Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Excercises For Further Reading Part Two: Problems of Behavioral Deviance 2. Sexual Deviance Objectives "My Husband Is a Porn Addict" Introduction Examples of Sexual Deviance Prostitution Prostitution and the Quality of Life Global Comparison: Child Prostitutes Contributing Factors Public Policy and Private Action Pornography, Erotica, and Obscenity Nature and Extent of the Problem Pornography, Erotica, Obscenity and the Quality of Life Involvement--Sexy or Disgusting? Contributing Factors Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading 3. Alcohol and Other Drugs Objectives Despair and Hope Introduction Alcohol Effects Patterns of Use Alcohol and the Quality of Life Global Comparison: Alcoholism in Eastern Europe Involvement"I''d Kill before I''d Drink" Contributing Factors Public Policy & Private Action Other Drugs Types and Effects Patterns of Use Drugs and the Quality of Life Contributing Factors Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading 4. Crime and Delinquency Objectives A Victim Recovers Introduction The Varieties of Crime Predatory Crime Illegal Service Crimes Public Disorder Crimes Crimes of Negligence Computer Crime White-Collar Crime Organized Crime Juvenile Delinquency Juvenile Violence and Juvenile Gangs The Extent of Crime and Delinquency Sources of Data Problems with Official Records The Amount of Crime and Delinquency The Distribution of Crime The Criminal Justice Process Crime, Delinquency, and the Quality of Life Physical and Psychological Costs of Crime Economic Costs of Crime Contributing Factors Social Structural Factors Global Comparison: Alternatives to Imprisonment: Germany and Israel Involvement--Coddling Criminals Social Psychological Factors Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading 5. Violence Objectives "I Felt Guilty" Introduction What Is Violence? How Much Violence Is There? Interpersonal Violence Intergroup Violence Violence and the Quality of Life Human Injury and Destruction Psychological Disruption and Dehumanization Violence as Seductive Self Destruction Economic Costs Contributing Factors Social Structural Factors Involvement: Violently Opposed to Violence Social Psychological Factors Public Policy and Private Action The Violence of Rape Rape and the Quality of Life Emotional and Physical Trauma Physical Abuse Contributing Factors Social Structural Factors Social Psychological Factors Global Comparison: Attitudes of Turkish Students toward Rape Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading Part Three: Problems of Inequality 6. Poverty Objectives "We Feel Like Deadbeats" Introduction What Is Poverty? Extent of Poverty Who Are the Poor? The Changing Nature of Poverty Poverty and the Quality of Life The Right to Life and Happiness Global Comparison: Poverty in the World System The Right to Dignity as a Human Being Poverty and Health Involvement: From Riches to Rags Dilemmas of Poverty Contributing Factors Social Structural Factors Social Psychological Factors Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading 7. Gender and Sexual Orientation Objectives "I Didn''t Need the Extra Hassles" Introduction Gender Inequality Biology or Society? Gender Inequality and the Quality of Life Global Comparison: Occupational Sex Segregation in Developing Countries Contributing Factors Involvement: You Are What You Read Public Policy and Private Action Homosexuality and Homophobia Homosexuality: Definitions and Numbers Why Are Some People Homosexual? Homosexuality and the Quality of Life Contributing Factors Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading 8. Race, Ethnic Groups, and Racism Objectives Will It Ever End? Introduction The Meaning of Race, Ethnic Groups, and Racism Extent and Origin of Races and Racism in America Racism in American History Race, Ethnicity and the Quality of Life The Rights of Citizenship The Right to Equal Economic Opportunities The Right to Life and Happiness The Right to Dignity as a Human Being Contributing Factors Involvement: Becoming Color Blind Social Structural Factors Social Psychological Factors Global Comparison: Prejudice in Europe Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading Part Four: Problems of Social Institutions 9. Government and Politics Objectives "Why Isn''t There Help for People Like Me?" Introduction Why Government? Protect the Citizenry Secure Order Distribute Power Equitably Provide a Safety Net Problems of Government and Politics Inequalities in Power The Failure of Trust Involvement: Why Don''t People Trust the Government? Waste, Corruption, and Scandals Gridlock Government, Politics, and the Quality of Life Unequal Opportunities for a High Quality of Life Inadequate Protection of Individual Rights Lack of Responsiveness to Needs Contributing Factors Social Structural Factors Global Comparison: Bureaucracy in Indonesia Social Psychological Factors Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading 10. Work and the Economy Objectives "I''m Not a Worrier, But..." The Economy, Work, and the Workforce in America The Changing Economy The Changing Workforce The Changing Composition of the Labor Force The Changing Meaning of Work Work as a Social Problem Unemployment and Underemployment Dissatisfaction and Alienation Work Hazards and Stress Global Comparison: Unemployment Rates in Industrial Nations Work and the Quality of Life Work, Unemployment, and Health Interpersonal Relationships Contributing Factors Social Structural Factors Involvement: Fun and Games at Work Social Psychological Factors The Ideology and Reality of Work Public Policy and Private Action Summary Key Terms Study Questions Internet Resources/Exercises For Further Reading Endnote


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