Social Problems : Community, Policy, and Social Action

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-28
  • Publisher: Sage Pubns
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Updated throughout, with a writing style that engages both 2- and 4-year college students, the Second Edition of Anna Leon-Guerrero's popular Social Problems textbook humanizes social problems and addresses their consequences while emphasizing community awareness and action. The text focuses on inequalities, examining how race and ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation, and age determine our life chances. Each chapter includes a discussion of relevant social policies or programs and highlights how individuals or groups have made a difference in their communities. Although the book looks primarily at the United States, global perspectives are interwoven where appropriate. Pedagogical features and a companion study site provide a platform for discussion that encourages critical thinking about the problems presented. Key Features Retained and New to This Edition Coverage of social inequalities is expanded to five new chapters at the start of the text: New Chapters 2 through 6 ("Social Class and Poverty," "Race and Ethnicity," "Gender," "Sexual Orientation," and "Age and Aging") focus on the bases of social inequality and how each contributes to our experience and understanding of social problems. A new full-color page design and larger trim size allow for better displays of visual content. The book features an improved illustration program, including visual essays now introducing each part of the text, and an expanded photo program, with carefully selected images spread throughout the chapters. The text has an increased focus on globalization, including more comparative theoretical material and examples in the "Taking a World View" boxes. "Voices in the Community" features provide personal stories from people attempting to make a difference in their communities. The new "What Does It Mean To Me?" features ask students to personalize the problems and solutions under study. The concluding chapter, "Social Problems and Social Action," identifies ways in which students can become more involved in helping resolve issues in their own communities. "Internet and Community Exercises" at the end of each chapter include questions or activities that can be completed individually or by small student groups. These exercises take students out of the classroom, away from the textbook, and into their communities! Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries! Instructor's Resources on CD-ROM are available to qualified instructors. These resources, edited by the author, include computerized testing, PowerPoint slides, and many other teaching resources to facilitate incorporating the book's community and policy perspectives. Contact Customer Care at 1.800.818.7243 (6 am-5 pm PST) to request a copy. A Student Study Site at www.pineforge.com/leonguerrero2study features an extensive set of materials, including self-quizzes, e-flashcards, links to NPR radio programs, YouTube video links, SAGE journal articles, and more. The site also provides links for "What Does It Mean to Me?" features and end-of-chapter exercises. Intended Audience S

Table of Contents

Social Problems--Personal Troubles or Public Issues?
Seeing Problems Sociologically
Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
The Bases of Inequality
"Invisible" Dividing Lines
Social Class and Poverty
Race and Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation
Age and Aging
Our Social Institutions
What Is a Family?
Work and the Economy
Health and Medicine
The Media
Our Physical and Social Worlds
Drug Legacy
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Crime and Criminal Justice
Cities and Suburbs
The Environment
War and Terrorism
Individual Action and Social Change
Thanks to Student Activists . . .
Social Problems and Social Action
About the Author
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