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This book represents a truly innovative and empowering approach to social problems. Instead of focusing solely on a seemingly tireless list of major problems, Sara Towe Horsfall considers how select key issues can be solved and pays particular attention to the advocate groups already on the front lines. Horsfall first provides a robust theoretical foundation to the study of social problems before moving on to the problems themselves, examining each through the lens of specific advocate groups working towards solutions. This concise and accessible text also incorporates useful learning tools including study questions to help reinforce reading comprehension, questions for further thought to encourage critical thinking and classroom discussion, a glossary of key terms, and a worksheet for researching advocate groups. Social Problems: An Advocate Group Approachis an essential resource for social problems courses and for anyone who is inspired to effect change.
Sara Towe Horsfall is associate professor of sociology at Texas Wes leyan University. She is coeditor of Chaos, Complexity, and Sociology and author of A Neighborhood Portrait. She has also worked as a foreign correspondent and international journalist, giving her unique insight into social problems and their solutions around the world.
Table of Contents
|The Theoretical Basis of the Study of Social Problems|
|What is a Social Problem?||p. 3|
|Six Ingredients of Social Problems||p. 3|
|How Do Social Problems Occur?||p. 6|
|Levels of Social Problems||p. 15|
|Information and Claims Making||p. 17|
|Understanding Advocate Groups||p. 27|
|Who Are the Advocate Groups?||p. 27|
|Why Do Advocate Groups Form?||p. 32|
|Three Views of Human Nature||p. 39|
|Dynamics Within Advocate Groups||p. 42|
|Growth and Development of Advocate Groups||p. 46|
|A Typology of Advocate Group Change||p. 48|
|Ameliorating Actions, Reactions, and Consequences||p. 51|
|Legal Reform||p. 52|
|Government Programs||p. 56|
|Professional Agencies, Nonprofits, and Special Interest Groups||p. 57|
|Education and Public Awareness Campaigns||p. 59|
|Interpersonal Interaction, Apology, Reparation||p. 61|
|Independent, Individual Actions||p. 63|
|Reactions and Consequences|
|Opposition Groups: Campaigning Against Reform||p. 66|
|Consequences for the Target Group||p. 61|
|Unintended Consequences||p. 68|
|Assessing Overall Social Benefit||p. 69|
|Social Dynamics: The Change Process and Models of Change||p. 73|
|Processes/Patterns of Change|
|Change Is Linear: Progress and Evolution||p. 74|
|Change Is Cyclical: Growth and Decay||p. 75|
|Change Is Dialectical: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis||p. 77|
|Other Ideas of Social Change||p. 79|
|Causes of Change||p. 81|
|Models for Social Change|
|Human Interaction||p. 84|
|Organizational Principles||p. 88|
|Problems Addressed Through Government Programs||p. 101|
|Health Care||p. 102|
|Social Security||p. 122|
|Problems Addressed Through Government Legislation||p. 137|
|Illegal Immigration||p. 159|
|Problems Addressed Through Professional Organizations,Nonprofit Groups, and Special Interest Groups||p. 173|
|Drugs and Alcohol||p. 174|
|Domestic Violence (Spousal/Partner and Child Abuse)||p. 202|
|Teen Suicide and Gangs||p. 209|
|Problems with Active Opposition Groups||p. 217|
|Gender Discrimination||p. 227|
|Problems Addressed Through Education and Public Awareness, Interpersonal Interaction, Reparation, Apology, and Independent Individual Action||p. 245|
|Global Warming and Pollution||p. 247|
|Natural Resources: Water, Land, Energy, Endangered Species, and Rain Forests||p. 259|
|Sexually Transmitted Diseases/AIDS||p. 266|
|Rape, Date Rape, and Spousal Rape||p. 270|
|Social Problem Analysis Worksheet||p. 281|
|Advocate Groups||p. 283|
|Notes on Similarities and Contrasts of Social Problems Textbooks||p. 307|
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