Social Problems Readings with Four Questions

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-11
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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A unique and groundbreaking collection of 54 articles organized in 11 thematic sections, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: READINGS WITH FOUR QUESTIONS, Third Edition, combines a rigorous structural/conflict approach with a strong emphasis on the real-life experiences of those impacted by social problems. The articles include both classic and contemporary readings covering a wide range of issues in the United States and around the world. The introductory article, written by Joel M. Charon, introduces four questions that students are urged to apply throughout the reader: What is the problem? What makes the problem a "social problem"? What causes the problem? What can be done? These questions give students a consistent sociological framework to help them analyze the readings and think critically about social problems. The articles have been painstakingly selected to hold student interest while illuminating key topics; most come from books and trade publications rather than dry academic journals. As a whole, the collection powerfully explores a wide range of contemporary social problems while providing the tools and context to help students think sociologically about the social problems around us.

Table of Contents

An Introduction To Social Problems
An Introduction to the Study of Social Problems
What+s Wrong with Declaring War on Social Problems
Somebodies and Nobodies: Rankism and What It Means
Social Problems: Economic Inequality and Poverty
What+s Wrong with the American Dream?
The Global Economy and the Privileged Class
Inheritance and Privilege
Poverty in the United States
Why Are All People Poor in America?
The Silver Spoon: Inheritance and the Staggered Start
Social Problems: Work and Unemployment
The Demeaning of Work
Globalization and the Race to the Bottom
The Vanishing Middle Class
Latino Immigration and Work in the United States
Technology and the African-American Experience
Social Problems: Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Laissez-Faire Racism
Latino Lives in a Changing America
From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos
International Migration and the Future of the United States
Facing Up to Race
Segregation in 21st Century America
Social Problems: Gender Inequality and Issues in Sexual Orientation
Socialization into Gender
The Betrayal of the American Man
Violence and Exploitation of Women and Children
Flat Broke with Children
Selling Women Short
Homosexuality and American Citizenship
From Outsider to Citizen
Social Problems: Crime and Drugs
Violence and the Inner-City Code
White Collar Crime
Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs
Incarceration and Returning to Society
Thinking about Crime
Social Problems Related to the Family
Divorce in Perspective
The Incidence and Causes of Wife Abuse
What+s Wrong with Child Care in America
Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence
Social Problems Related to Education
What No School Can Do
The Debasing of Education
The Social Roots of School Shootings
The Best Schools in America
The College Dropout Boom
The Shame of the Nation
Social Problems Related to Health Care
The Cultural Revolution in Health Care
Protection of the Least Well-Off
Social Policy in Health Care: Europe and the United States
Social Problems Related to The Political Institutions, Violence, and Terrorism
The Corporation as Invisible Government--From Opposing System, 1995
The Origins of Group Violence
The Global Rise of Religious Violence
White Male Militia
Terrorism and the Politics of Fear--David Altheide
Social Problems Related to Population and Environment
The Elderly: A Demographic Tidal Wave
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