9780495504283

Understanding Social Problems

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495504283

  • ISBN10:

    0495504289

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/6/2008
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Mooney, Knox, and Schacht's UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS uses a theoretically balanced approach, student-centered approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of social problems. The text progresses from a micro- to macro-level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as illness and health care, drugs and alcohol, and family problems, and then broadening to the larger issues of poverty and inequality, population growth, environmental problems, and conflict around the world. The social problem in each chapter is framed in a global as well as U.S. context. In every chapter, the three major theoretical perspectives are applied to the social problem under discussion, and the consequences of the problem, as well as alternative solutions, are explored. Pedagogical features such as "The Human Side" and "Self and Society" enable you to grasp how social problems affect the lives of individuals and apply your understanding of social problems to your own life.

Table of Contents

Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
Thinking About Social Problems
Problems of Well-Being
Illness and the Health Care Crisis
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Crime and Social Control
Family Problems
Problems of Inequality
Poverty and Economic Inequality
Work and Unemployment
Problems in Education
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Gender Inequality
Issues in Sexual Orientation
Problems of Youth and Aging
Problems of Globalization
Population Growth and Urbanization
Environmental Problems
Science and Technology
Conflict, War, and Terrorism
Epilogue
Appendix: Methods of Data Analysis
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