Solutions to Social Problems Lessons From Other Societies

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-03
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This reader examines how other advanced industrial societies have dealt with social problems with relative success and looks how these strategies may be applicable to the United States. For each social problem considered, several articles have been selected. These articles either describe the situation in a single country or in multiple countries, or expressly contrast the situation of a country or countries with the United States.

“While the book is decidedly designed for a college-level audience, it remains accessible to the novice or freshman. Additionally, the articles are carefully chosen, so as not to bog the reader down with unnecessary minutiae, but rather offer clear and intelligible data and interpretation.”-Eric Strayer, Hartnell College

“I highly recommend Eitzen’s Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies for any course that studies U.S. social problems. I have found it to be a real eye-opener for my students and a great way to introduce them to primary source material.”-Eric Strayer, Hartnell College

“The Eitzen text is a valuable component to the course [Stratification] Students always clamor for answer to troubling social problems and Eitzen’s text provides me an excellent set of readings to address the student’s desire to know ways others have dealt with problematic issues.”-Douglas F. George, UCA

Author Biography

D. Stanley Eitzen (Ph. D., University of Kansas) is professor emeritus of sociology at Colorado State University, where he taught for twenty-one years, the last as John N. Stern Distinguished Professor.  Prior to that he taught at the University of Kansas.  He is the former editor of The Social Science Journal.  His scholarship has focused on social inequality, homelessness, poverty, power, family, criminology, and the sociology of sport.  He has authored or co-authored twenty-four books on these topics.  His books that fit closely with Solutions to Social Problems:  Lessons from Other Societies 5e are Social Problems 11e, Solutions to Social Problems From the Bottom Up:  Successful Social Movements,   Solutions to Social Problems from the Top Down:  The Role of Government, Solutions to Social Problems:  Lessons from State and Local Governments,  and Globalization:  The Transformation of Social Worlds.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
The Comparative Approach to Social Problemsp. 1
U.S. Social Problems in Comparative Perspectivep. 3
The European Social Modelp. 13
The Swedish Welfare Statep. 18
How Canada Stole the American Dreamp. 23
Problems of Inequalityp. 29
Povertyp. 31
Poverty, Work, and Policy: The United States in Comparative Perspectivep. 33
How Other Countries Fight the War on Povertyp. 40
Income and Wealth Inequalityp. 43
Income and Wealth Inequality, Americans for Democratic Actionp. 45
Inequality Here and Therep. 48
Genderp. 55
Europe Crawls Aheadp. 56
Gender Equality in Sweden, Swedish Institutep. 61
Sexual Orientationp. 67
Social Shift Opens Door to Gay Marriage Planp. 69
Gay Rights and European Citizenshipp. 72
Agep. 79
As Good As It Gets: What Country Takes the Best Care of Its Older Citizens?p. 81
We Should Rejoice in an Ageing Society, So Long as We Plan Properly for Itp. 92
We're Not Finnished with You Yetp. 95
Institutional Problemsp. 97
Familiesp. 99
Atlantic Passages: How Europe Supports Working Parents and Their Childrenp. 101
The Father Generationp. 104
Teen Pregnancy: Trends and Lessons Learnedp. 107
Schoolsp. 115
Early Childhood Education and Care in Advanced Industrialized Countriesp. 116
Learning from South Korean Schoolsp. 121
A World Transformed: How Other Countries Are Preparing Students for the Interconnected World of the 21st Centuryp. 126
Workp. 133
The Vanishing American Vacationp. 135
A New WPA?p. 137
Health Care and Deliveryp. 145
International Health Systems, Physicians for a National Health Programp. 147
Has Canada Got the Cure?p. 157
Problems of People, Resources, and Placep. 163
Citiesp. 165
New Lessons from the Old World: The European Model for Falling in Love with Your Hometownp. 167
I Love Paris on a Bus, a Bike, a Train and in Anything but a Carp. 177
Environmentp. 179
Flush with Energyp. 180
Scandinavia Gets Serious on Global Warmingp. 183
The $6.66-a-Gallon Solutionp. 187
Individual Deviancep. 191
Crime and Crime Controlp. 193
Lawless, but Gunlessp. 195
Reducing Crime by Harnessing International Best Practicesp. 198
Drugsp. 209
Does Europe Do It Better? Lessons from Holland, Britain, and Switzerlandp. 210
Europe: Curing, Not Punishing, Addictsp. 215
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