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Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Fifth Edition, synthesizes conflict theory and social constructionism to help students think critically about social problems. A concise, student-friendly alternative to all-encompassing standard textbooks, this book examines a single theoretical paradigm in depth, demonstrating how theory can be used to understand a range of critical social issues.
Robert Heiner is Professor of Sociology at Plymouth State University. He is the editor of Deviance Across Cultures: Constructions of Difference, Second Edition (OUP, 2013) and Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality (OUP, 2009).
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to the Sociology of Social Problems The Sociological Perspective Critical Constructionism Nonsociological Philosophies The Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectives Corporate America The Media The Homogenization of Culture Summary The Plan of this Book
2. Inequality and Capitalism An Introduction to Critical Economics The Gap between the Rich and the Rest Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Social Mobility Cross-Cultural Perspectives - The United States versus Other Industralized Countries Poverty Global Inequalities Application: The Gross Domestic Product Summary
3. Inequality of Life Chances in the United States Inequality and Race Inequality and Gender Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Addressing Gender Discrimination Inequality and Education Inequality and Health Care Application: Immigration Summary
4. Problems of the Family The Family in Historical Perspective The Current State of the Family Children: Our Most Precious Resource? Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Child Care Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Family Friendly Policies Capitalism versus the Family Same-Sex Marriage Application: Children Having Children Summary
5. Crime and Deviance Universality and Relativity The Cultural Production of Knowledge about Crime Crime Scares Street Crime The American Punishment Frenzy The War on Drugs Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Responding to the Drug Problem The Medicalization of Deviance Street Violence vs. Corporate Violence Application: Terrorism Summary
6. Problems of the Environment Technology and the Environment Scientific Uncertainty Corporate Suasion Consumerism Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Responding to Traffic Congestion Inequality and the Environment Application: "Overpopulation" Summary