Social Problems in a Diverse Society Plus NEW MySocLab with eText -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 3/14/2012
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Examining the significance of race, class, and gender in understanding social problems. Social Problems in a Diverse Societyuses critical thinking and personal narratives from real people to make the study of social problems interesting and relevant to today's students. This book focuses on the United States but also integrates discussion of global social problems. Social Problems in a Diverse Societyuses sociological perspectives to analyze current social problems. It offers a balanced approach and explores three classic paradigms and feminist theory. A better teaching and learning experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experiencefor you and your students. Here's how: Personalize LearningThe new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engages experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with education expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical ThinkingCritical thinking questions found at the beginning and end of every chapter help students use the sociological imagination. Engage StudentsPersonal narratives and the author's conversational tone pull students into the topics. Explore TheoryThe text's balanced approach encourages students to use many contemporary theoretical perspectives to analyze social problems. Support InstructorsA full set of supplements, including an Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint presentation, provide instructors with the support they need. Note:MySocLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocLab, please visit: www.mysoclab.comor you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySocLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205877893 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205877898.

Author Biography

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?  

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