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Viewing our society from a conflict perspective.
Taking a conflict approach, Social Problems, 13e examines social problems, how they are interrelated to other problems, and society’s role in their creation and perpetuation. This textaddresses interesting subjects, such as corporate crime, urban decay, poverty and the changing economy.
The thirteenth edition focuses more deliberately on five major themes: the structural sources of social problems; the role of the United States in global social problems; the centrality of class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability as sources of division, inequality, and injustice; the critical examination of society; and solutions to social problems.
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Maxine Baca Zinn (Ph.D. University of Oregon) is Professor Emeritus in sociology at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Her main research interests are racial inequality, gender, and family life. She is the author and co-author of many other books, including Diversity in Families (with D. Stanley Eitzen and Barbara Wells),Social Problems (with D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith), Women of Color in U.S. Society, Gender Through the Prism of Difference, and Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds. In 2000, she received the ASA Jessie Bernard Career Award.
Kelly Eitzen Smith received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona. She is currently the director of the Center for Applied Sociology and a lecturer at the University of Arizona. At the Center for Applied Sociology she has conducted research in the areas of day labor, homelessness, poverty, urban housing and neighborhood development. Her sociological interests include gender, family, sexuality, stratification, and social problems. She is also the co-author of Experiencing Poverty (with D.Stanley Eitzen), andSocial Problems (with D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn).
Table of Contents
In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents
2. Full Table of Contents
1. Brief Table of Contents:
Part I: Political Economy of Social Problems
Chapter 1: The Sociological Approach to Social Problems
Chapter 2: Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System
Part II: Problems of People, the Environment, and Location
Chapter 3: World Population and Global Inequality
Chapter 4: Threats to the Environment
Chapter 5: Demographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society
Chapter 6: Problems of Place: Urban, Suburban, and Rural
Part III: Problems of Inequality
Chapter 7: Poverty
Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Chapter 9: Gender Inequality
Chapter 10: Sexual Orientation
Chapter 11: Disability and Ableism
Part IV: Social Structure and Individual Deviance
Chapter 12: Crime and Justice
Chapter 13: Drugs
Part V: Institutional Problems
Chapter 14: The Economy and Work
Chapter 15: Families
Chapter 16: Education
Chapter 17: The Health Care System
Chapter 18: National Security in the Twenty-First Century
Part VI: Solutions
Chapter 19: Progressive Plan to Solve Social Problems
2. Full Table of Contents
P art 1 : P olitical Economy of Social Problems
C hapter 1: T he Sociological Approach to Social Problems
History of Social Problems Theory
Toward a Definition of Social Problems
Types of Social Problems
The Sociological Imagination
Social Structure as the Basic Unit of Analysis
Sociological Methods: The Craft of Sociology
Organization of the Book
C hapter 2: W ealth and Power: The Bias of the System
U.S. Economy: Concentration of Corporate Wealth
Political System: Links between Wealth and Power
Bias of the Political System
P art 2 : Problems of People, the Environment, and Location
C hapter 3: W orld Population and Global Inequality
World Population Growth
U.S. Relations with the Developing World
United States in the Global Village
C hapter 4: T hreats to the Environment
Worldwide Environmental Problems
Sources of U.S. Environmental Problems
Solutions to the Environmental Crises
C hapter 5: D emographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society
Profile of the U.S. Population
New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape
The Aging Society
Problems of an Aging Society
Responses by the Elderly
C hapter 6: P roblems of Place: Urban, Suburban, and Rural
P art 3: Problems of Inequality
C hapter 7: P overty
Extent of Poverty
Myths about Poverty
Causes of Poverty
Costs of Poverty
Elimination of Poverty
C hapter 8: R acial and Ethnic Inequality
How to Think About Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Discrimination Against African Americans and Latinos: Continuity and Change
Contemporary Trends and Issues in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations
C hapter 9: G ender Inequality
Women and Men Are Differentiated and Ranked
Reinforcing Male Dominance
Structured Gender Inequality
The Costs and Consequences of Sexism
Fighting the System
C hapter 10: S exual Orientation
Gay and Lesbian Community: An Overview
Past and Present Discrimination
Fighting the System: Human Agency
C hapter 11: D isability and Ableism
People with Disabilities as a Minority Group
Issues of Gender, Sexual Behavior, and Fertility
P art 4 : S ocial Structure and Individual Deviance
C hapter 12: C rime and Justice
Crime in Society
Unjust System of Justice
The Criminal Label
Stopping the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
C hapter 13: D rugs
The Politics of Drugs
Drug Use in U.S. Society
U.S. Official Policy: A War on Drugs
P art 5 : Institutional Problems
C hapter 14: T he Economy and Work
Capitalism and Socialism
Mega Economic Trends
Work and Social Problems
C hapter 15: F amilies
The Mythical Family in the United States
U.S. Families in Historical Perspective: The Family in Capitalism
Stratification and Family Life: Unequal Life Chances
Changing Families in a Changing World
Violence in U.S. Families
C hapter 16: E ducation
Characteristics of Education in the United States
Education and Inequality
Possibilities for Promoting Equality of Opportunity
C hapter 17: T he Health Care System
Crises in Health Care: Cost, Coverage, and Consequences
The Health Care System in the United States Prior to 2010 Reform
Unequal Access to Health Care
Models for National Health Care: Lessons from Other Societies
Reforming the Health Care System in the United States
The Supreme Court and the Affordable Health Care Act
The Future of the Affordable Health Care Act
C hapter 18: N ational Security in the Twenty-First Century
The U.S. Military Establishment
The Threat of Nuclear Weapons
The Terrorism Threat
U.S. National Security and the War on Terror
The Costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
The Legacy of the Wars
Twenty-First Century Warfare
P art 6 : Solutions
C hapter 19: P rogressive Plan To Solve Social Problems
Sociology, Social Problems, and Social Change
Progressive Principles to Guide Public Policy
Is a Progressive Social Policy Possible?
Human Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up