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Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionismsynthesizes 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 breadth of real world structures. Now thoroughly updated and revised, this fourth edition offers more thorough coverage of race and gender and inequality in education and health care. It also includes new sections on same-sex marriages and the medicalization of deviance.
Robert Heiner is Professor and Coordinator of Sociology at Plymouth State University. He is editor of Deviance Across Cultures (OUP, 2007) and a number of other anthologies.
Table of Contents
|An Introduction to the Sociology of Social Problems||p. 1|
|The Sociological Perspective||p. 1|
|Critical Constructionism||p. 7|
|Nonsociological Philosophies||p. 11|
|The Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectives||p. 12|
|Corporate America||p. 14|
|The Media||p. 15|
|The Homogenization of Culture||p. 19|
|The Plan of this Book||p. 22|
|Inequality and Capitalism||p. 24|
|An Introduction to Critical Economics||p. 24|
|The Gap between the Rich and the Rest||p. 28|
|The Plight of the American Worker||p. 37|
|Global Inequalities||p. 59|
|Application: The Gross Domestic Product||p. 64|
|Inequality of Life Chances in the United States||p. 70|
|Inequality and Race||p. 70|
|Inequality and Gender||p. 78|
|Inequality and Education||p. 85|
|Inequality and Health Care||p. 89|
|Application: Immigration||p. 94|
|Problems of the Family||p. 100|
|The Family in Historical Perspective||p. 100|
|The Current State of the Family||p. 107|
|Children: Our Most Precious Resource?||p. 111|
|Capitalism versus the Family||p. 121|
|Same-Sex Marriage||p. 123|
|Application: Children Having Children||p. 126|
|Crime and Deviance||p. 134|
|Universality and Relativity||p. 134|
|Examples of the Relativity of Crime and Deviance||p. 135|
|The Cultural Production of Knowledge about Crime||p. 141|
|Crime Scares||p. 145|
|Street Crime||p. 153|
|The American Punishment Frenzy||p. 161|
|The Medicalization of Deviance||p. 172|
|Application: Terrorism||p. 177|
|Problems of the Environment||p. 183|
|Technology and the Environment||p. 183|
|Scientific Uncertainty||p. 184|
|Corporate Suasion||p. 187|
|Inequality and the Environment||p. 205|
|Global Inequality||p. 209|
|Application: Overpopulation||p. 213|
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