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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-27
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Drawing on the perspectives of multiple groups (rich, middle class, and poor; whites and people of color; gays and straights; females and males), Social Problems, 10/e examines troubled institutions, problems of inequality, conformity and deviance, and the problems of a changing world. Now available in paperback, this text familiarizes students with the most trying problems of their times, while stimulating them to think in a critical, scientific way.

Author Biography

James W. Coleman is a professor of sociology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and past chair of the Social Sciences Department. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a student of Donald R. Cressey who, until his death, was one of America’s leading criminologists and the co-author of this text. 

Professor Coleman is an internationally recognized authority on white collar crime. In addition to numerous articles on the subject, he is the author of The Criminal Elite: Understanding White Collar Crime, currently its 6th edition.   He is also interested in the sociology of religion and has published a new book on Western Buddhism called The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition.  He is currently working on a book on the sociology of religion in the postmodern age.


Harold R. Kerbo is a professor of sociology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Professor Kerbo has been promoting international education in the United States and abroad since the early 1980s and has extensive teaching and research experience in Asia and Europe. In addition to other teaching experience in Tokyo, Professor Kerbo was a Fulbright Professor during 1988—1989 at Hiroshima University, as well as a visiting professor in the Law Faculty at Hiroshima Shudo University. During 1991, Professor Kerbo was a visiting professor at the University of Duisburg, Germany, and returned to the Dusseldorf area during 1992 and 1993 as a research professor conducting research on employee relations in Japanese corporations located in Germany. In 1990, Professor Kerbo received a Fulbright-Hays grant to study at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and for several months during 1994—1996 directed a research project on employee relations in American and Japanese corporations with operations in Thailand. During 1996, he was also a visiting professor in the MBA Program at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. From 1995, Professor Kerbo has been in charge of annual study programs he helped establish for American students in Thailand, with study trips also to Laos and Vietnam. During the winter term of 1999, Professor Kerbo was a visiting professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and was a visiting professor at the University of Wales, Great Britain, during the fall term of 1999. He is currently doing research on poverty in SE Asia with an Abe Research Fellowship, and based at the Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

Professor Kerbo has published six books and numerous articles on the subjects of social stratification, comparative societies, corporate structure, and modern Japan. He is the author of the leading textbook on social stratification titled Social Stratification and Inequality, 7/E, and, along with John A. McKinstry, the author of Who Rules Japan?: The Inner-Circles of Economic and Political Power. His latest book is World Poverty: Global Inequality and the Modern World System.

Table of Contents

Sociology and Social Problems
What Is a Social Problem?
Social Problems and Social Movements
Foundations of the Sociological Approach
Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Feminist Perspective
The Interactionist Perspective
Other Social Psychological Perspectives
Applying the Sociological Perspectives: An Example
Doing Sociological Research
Public Records and Statistics
The Case Study
The Survey
The Experiment
Interpreting Claims About Social Problems
The Author
The Support
The Distribution
The Content
Questions for Critical Thinking
Key Terms
Internet Exercise
Troubled Institutions
Problems of the Family Families Around the World
Understanding Family Diversity Changing Family Patterns
Class and Ethnic Differences
Family Problems
Births Outside Marriage
Child Rearing
Work and Family Inequality
Solving the Problems of the Family
Better Preparation
Reducing Family Conflict
Changing Social Expectations
Helping Parents
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