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Diana Kendall received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Her areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory, race/class/gender studies, and the sociology of medicine. Her articles and presented papers primarily focus on the scholarship of teaching and on an examination of U.S. women of the upper classes across racial and ethnic groups.
In addition to Social Problems in a Diverse Society, she is the author of The Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) andFraming Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).
Diana Kendall is currently Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Professor Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Southern Sociological Society, and the Southwestern Sociological Association.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Studying Social Problems in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 2 Wealth and Poverty: U.S. and Global Economic Inequities
Chapter 3 Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Chapter 4 Gender Inequality
Chapter 5 Inequality Based on Age
Chapter 6 Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation
Chapter 7 Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry
Chapter 8 Alcohol and Other Drugs
Chapter 9 Crime and Criminal Justice
Chapter 10 Health Care: Problems of Physical and Mental Illness
Chapter 11 The Changing Family
Chapter 12 Problems in Education
Chapter 13 Problems in Politics and the Global Economy
Chapter 14 Problems in the Media
Chapter 15 Population, Global Inequality, and the Environmental Crisis
Chapter 16 Urban Problems
Chapter 17 Global Social Problems: War and Terrorism
Chapter 18 Can Social Problems Be Solved?