Social Problems An Introduction to Critical Constructionism

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2012-07-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionismsynthesizes conflict theory and social constructionism to help students think critically about social problems. A concise, student-friendly alternative to all-encompassing standard textbooks, this book examines a single theoretical paradigm in depth, demonstrating how theory can be used to understand a breadth of real world structures. Now thoroughly updated and revised, this fourth edition offers more thorough coverage of race and gender and inequality in education and health care. It also includes new sections on same-sex marriages and the medicalization of deviance.

Author Biography

Robert Heiner is Professor and Coordinator of Sociology at Plymouth State University. He is editor of Deviance Across Cultures (OUP, 2007) and a number of other anthologies.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
An Introduction to the Sociology of Social Problemsp. 1
The Sociological Perspectivep. 1
Critical Constructionismp. 7
Nonsociological Philosophiesp. 11
The Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectivesp. 12
Corporate Americap. 14
The Mediap. 15
The Homogenization of Culturep. 19
Summaryp. 20
The Plan of this Bookp. 22
Inequality and Capitalismp. 24
An Introduction to Critical Economicsp. 24
The Gap between the Rich and the Restp. 28
The Plight of the American Workerp. 37
Povertyp. 51
Global Inequalitiesp. 59
Application: The Gross Domestic Productp. 64
Summaryp. 66
Inequality of Life Chances in the United Statesp. 70
Inequality and Racep. 70
Inequality and Genderp. 78
Inequality and Educationp. 85
Inequality and Health Carep. 89
Application: Immigrationp. 94
Summaryp. 97
Problems of the Familyp. 100
The Family in Historical Perspectivep. 100
The Current State of the Familyp. 107
Children: Our Most Precious Resource?p. 111
Capitalism versus the Familyp. 121
Same-Sex Marriagep. 123
Application: Children Having Childrenp. 126
Summaryp. 130
Crime and Deviancep. 134
Universality and Relativityp. 134
Examples of the Relativity of Crime and Deviancep. 135
The Cultural Production of Knowledge about Crimep. 141
Crime Scaresp. 145
Street Crimep. 153
The American Punishment Frenzyp. 161
The Medicalization of Deviancep. 172
Application: Terrorismp. 177
Summaryp. 180
Problems of the Environmentp. 183
Technology and the Environmentp. 183
Scientific Uncertaintyp. 184
Corporate Suasionp. 187
Consumerismp. 198
Inequality and the Environmentp. 205
Global Inequalityp. 209
Application: Overpopulationp. 213
Summaryp. 218
Conclusionsp. 221
Glossaryp. 231
Notesp. 236
Indexp. 261
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