Introduction to Social Problems

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 1999-09-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Many serious social problems threaten the United States and the world. By studying these problems, students will gain the tools and the insight that will enable them to analyze problems and solutions on their own. Intended to be a training manual for the study of social problems, this book explores the nature and extent of social problems, documents the advances and setbacks that we as a society have made, and analyzes what works and what doesn't regarding solutions to today's problems. Students will study this constantly changing field by applying social science research to the solutions of some of the most difficult, agonizing, and controversial problems confronting the United States and the world today.

Table of Contents

Approaches to the Study of Social Problems
What Is a Social Problem? Personal Troubles, Public Issues, and Social Problems
The Social Context of Social Problems
The Sociological Imagination
Theoretical Perspectives on Social Problems
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Interactionist Perspective
Using the Theoretical Perspectives
Constructing Social Problems: The Mass Media and Other Influences
Research on Social Problems
The Scientific Method
Values, Interest Groups, and Objectivity
Applied Research: Untangling Myths and Facts about Social Problems
Assessing Data: Problems and Pitfalls
Future Prospects: Solving Social Problems
What Can We Do about Social Problems? The Interplay of Social Policy and Research
Who Provides Solutions? Policy Issues
Domestic Violence: How to Intervene? Should We Solve the Problem?
International Perspectives: Social Problems in Other Societies
Growth of Corporate and Government Power
Types of Economic Systems
Myths and Facts: About Business and Government
Mixed Economies
The Concentration of Economic and Political Power
The Corporate Economy
Big Government
Perspectives on the Concentration of Power
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
International Perspectives: Global Economic Concentration
Is There a Power Elite in the United States?
Applied Research: The Power Elite, Corporate Mass Media, and Global Communications
The World Economic System
Problems Created by the Concentration of Power
Effects on Competition
Conflict Between Societal and Corporate Goals
Threats to Democratic Institutions
The Dwindling of Unions
Worker Dislocation and Unemployment
Abuse of Government Authority
Future Prospects
Reducing Government and Deficits
Government Reorganization
Collective Action by Citizens
The Globalization of Labor
Economic Reorganization
Policy Issues: Should the Government Take the Lead in U.S
Family-Related Problems
The Family in Society
The Functionalist Perspective
Myths and Facts: About the Family
The Conflict Perspective
Applied Research: Day Care: Problem or Solution? The Interactionist Perspective
Attitudes Toward Marriage and the Family
The Divorce Rate
Who Gets Divorced? The Effects of Divorce
Emerging Family Lifestyles
Dual-Earner Families
Single Parenthood
A Global Perspective
Violence in the Family
Marital Violence
Child Abuse
Policy Issues: Should Gay and Lesbian Families Be Legitimized? Abuse of the Elderly
Constructing Family Problems: Media Images. Future Prospects
The Future of Divorce
Reducing Family Violence
Children and the Family
International Perspectives: Families and Children in Other Societies
Health and Illness
Perspectives on Health Care
The Functionalist Perspective
Myths and Facts: About Health and Health Care
The Conflict Perspective
The Interactionist Perspective
Politics, Stigma, and the AIDS Epidemic
Health, Illness, and Society
Applied Research: Combatting the Spread of AIDS
Health and Societal Development
Social Factors in Health and Illness
Mental Illness
The Nature of Mental Illness
The Treatment of Mental Disorders
Problems in Health Care
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