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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.


MySocLab is an integral part of the Eitzan / Zinn / Smith program. Key learning applications include MySocLab Videos, Social Explorer and Sociology in Focus Blog.


Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning MySocLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance.
  • Improve Critical Thinking  – Chapter organization follows a logical framework that traces a problem from its origin to solution.
  • Engage Students  – International, national, and personal examples help students understand issues better.
  • Explore Theory  – Major sociological theories within context of social problem are discussed.
  • Understand Diversity  – Features help students think globally about defining a solution to social problems.
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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

Urban Problems                    

Suburban Problems               

Rural Problems        


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  

Learning Gender      

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        

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