Social Problems An Introduction to Critical Constructionism

ISBN-10: 0199859078
ISBN-13: 9780199859078
Edition: 4th 2013
Authors: Robert Heiner
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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.

Preface
An Introduction to the Sociology of Social Problems
The Sociological Perspective
Critical Constructionism
Nonsociological Philosophies
The Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectives
Corporate America
The Media
The Homogenization of Culture
Summary
The Plan of this Book
Inequality and Capitalism
An Introduction to Critical Economics
The Gap between the Rich and the Rest
The Plight of the American Worker
Poverty
Global Inequalities
Application: The Gross Domestic Product
Summary
Inequality of Life Chances in the United States
Inequality and Race
Inequality and Gender
Inequality and Education
Inequality and Health Care
Application: Immigration
Summary
Problems of the Family
The Family in Historical Perspective
The Current State of the Family
Children: Our Most Precious Resource?
Capitalism versus the Family
Same-Sex Marriage
Application: Children Having Children
Summary
Crime and Deviance
Universality and Relativity
Examples of the Relativity of Crime and Deviance
The Cultural Production of Knowledge about Crime
Crime Scares
Street Crime
The American Punishment Frenzy
The Medicalization of Deviance
Application: Terrorism
Summary
Problems of the Environment
Technology and the Environment
Scientific Uncertainty
Corporate Suasion
Consumerism
Inequality and the Environment
Global Inequality
Application: Overpopulation
Summary
Conclusions
Glossary
Notes
Index

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