THINK Social Problems Census Update

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-14
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Author Biography

John Carl's interest in sociology grew from his interests and job experiences after college, which included working in hospitals, schools, churches and prisons. John reflects, “In these many diverse encounters I continued to notice how often the structures of society often did not support the change so desperately sought after by the individual.  I began to reflect on my sociology courses from my undergraduate work and decided to return to graduate school to study sociology.”


Returning to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, he became passionate about the study of Criminology and Stratification completing his Ph.D. while teaching full time at Rose State College.  John says, “I found that every part of my life to this point, fit perfectly with the study of sociology.  It is a diverse and exciting field that helps a person understand their world.”


Today, teaching remains his primary focus. John Carl has excelled in the classroom, winning awards for his teaching and working to build and improve the sociology program at Rose State.  “I teach the introductory class every semester because I believe it is the most important course in any department.  It is where students get the foundation they need for their continued study of sociology.  In these classes, my goal is simple.  To teach students to think sociologically so that they can consider any new event in the light of that thought.” 


John lives in Oklahoma with his family, wife Keven, and daughters Sara and Caroline.  In his free time, John plays golf, gardens, throws pottery, and plays his guitar.  He continues to move from the classroom to community by being active in non-profit leadership in his home community and providing training to non-profit boards so they may better achieve their goals.  John suggests, “It is all part of sociology, not only to understand the world in which we live, but to take that understanding from the classroom and use it to improve the community.”

Table of Contents







Chapter 1:   The Study of Social Problems

Chapter 2:   Inequality: Poverty and Wealth

Chapter 3:   Race and Immigration

Chapter 4:   Gender

Chapter 5:   Aging: Social Problems of Growing Old

Chapter 6:   Media and Technology

Chapter 7:   Politics and Economy

Chapter 8:   Problems in Education

Chapter 9:   Physical and Mental Health Care

Chapter 10: Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Chapter 11: Sex and Sexuality

Chapter 12: Sexual Deviance

Chapter 13: Violent and Non-violent Crime

Chapter 14: Criminal Justice

Chapter 15: Marriage and Family

Chapter 16: Urbanization: Social Problems from the Growth of Cities

Chapter 17: Globalization and Inequality

Chapter 18: Population Problems

Chapter 19: Environment

Chapter 20: War and Terrorism





Chapter 1: The Study of Social Problems

What is a social problem?

How do sociologists use paradigms to frame their thinking?

How do sociologists use research and social policy to address social problems?


Chapter 2: Inequality: Poverty and Wealth

What is inequality and how does it affect people?

How do sociologists view inequality?

What social policies address economic inequality?


Chapter 3: Race and Immigration

Is racial and ethnic inequality a social problem?

Why does racial and ethnic inequality still exist in the United States?

How can society address racial and ethnic inequality?


Chapter 4: Gender

How does a society deal with gender?

What are the theories of gender related to social problems?

What social policies are in place to prevent domestic violence?


Chapter 5: Aging: Social Problems of Growing Old

Who are the aging population and what does ageism mean in our culture?

What theories exist about the aging process?

How does society deal with specific problems of aging?


Chapter 6: Media and Technology

How do expanding technologies influence society?

How do media and technology create or alleviate social problems?

What is the role of the government in media?


Chapter 7: Politics and Economy

How do we govern to get what we need?

How are government and economy related?

How does the economic system influence the political?


Chapter 8: Problems in Education

What are the social problems in education?

What thinking drives education in society?

What can we do to encourage educational equality?


Chapter 9: Physical and Mental Health Care

How do health and aging affect stratification?

How do sociologists view problems related to mental and physical health?

How do societies deal with health?


Chapter 10: Drug and Alcohol Abuse

What social problems are related to substance abuse?

Why do people abuse drugs and alcohol?

What can we do about drug and alcohol abuse?


Chapter 11: Sex and Sexuality

How do Americans view issues of sex and sexuality?

How do the different sociological paradigms view sexuality?

How does society deal with sexual differences?


Chapter 12: Sexual Deviance

What kinds of social problems are caused by deviance?

How do sociologists see deviance?

Should consensual acts be illegal?


Chapter 13: Violent and Non-violent Crime

What are the social problems associated with crime?

What motivates criminal behavior?

How can you prevent crime?


Chapter 14: Criminal Justice

How do societies respond to crime?

How do we justify punishment?

Can society punish too much?


Chapter 15: Marriage and Family

What social problems relate to marriage and family?

How do we view marriage?

What are some problems in the family?


Chapter 16: Urbanization: Social Problems from the Growth of Cities

What problems arise from living in cities?

How do we think about urban living?

How does planning provide solutions to urbanization?


Chapter 17: Globalization and Inequality

What is globalization and how does it affect the world?

What theories exist about globalization?

How does society deal with globalization?


Chapter 18: Population Problems

Is the world’s growing population a problem?

What are some theories of population control?

What are some successful population control policies?


Chapter 19: Environment

Is the environment in danger? 

How do sociologists think about environmental problems?

What can we do about environmental problems?


Chapter 20: War and Terrorism

How do countries deal with conflicts?

What are some theories of conflicts?

How do we control conflicts?

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