Contemporary Social Problems

ISBN-10: 0205420761
ISBN-13: 9780205420766
Edition: 6th 2005 (Revised)
List price: $174.80
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Book details

List price: $174.80
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Vincent N. Parrillo was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He received his B.S. degree from Seton Hall University, his M.A.from Montclair State University, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He teaches the following undergraduate courses: Minority Groups in America, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Socialization, Social Problems, Ethnic and Racial Conflict Resolution. Graduate courses include Racial and Ethnic Experiences and Sociology of Intercultural Communication.

Preface
The Sociology of Social Problems
Definitions and Solutions
The Four Elements of a Social Problem
The Role of the Social Scientist
Sociological Perspectives
Guiding Principles for Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Examples of Sociological Perspectives: The Individual in Modern Society
Functionalists: Social Situations Create Individuals' Problems
Conflict Theorists: Powerlessness and Alienation
Interactionists: Searching for Meaningful Identities
Postmodernism: A Break with the Past
Adolescent and Young Adult Suicide
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Population and the Environment
Population in a Sociohistorical Context
Population Pressure on the World
The Loss of Forests, Plants, and Animals
World Hunger
The Ecosystem
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Cities and Urban Dwellers
U.S. Cities in Sociohistorical Context
Urban Change in the United States
Housing Problems and Solutions
Political Fragmentation
Can Snowbelt Cities Compete with Sunbelt Cities?
Urban-Suburban Interdependence
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Power, Work, and the Workplace
Work in Sociohistorical Context
Corporate Power
The Military-Industrial Complex
Work in the United States
Occupational Health and Safety
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Poverty and Social Class
Poverty in Sociohistorical Context
Blaming the Poor
The Nature of Poverty
Who are the Poor?
The Impact of Poverty
Work and Welfare
Eliminating Poverty
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Gender Inequality and Heterosexism
The Sociohistorical Context
The Biological Argument
Homosexuality in the United States
Socialization and Sexism
Arenas of Change
The Social Construction of Maleness
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Race and Ethnic Relations
The Sociohistorical Context
Dimensions of the Problem
Institutional Discrimination
Minority Groups Today
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Crime and Violence
Crime, Laws, and Prosecution
Measuring the Extent of Crime
How Much Crime Really Exists?
Violence in the United States
Violent Crime
Organized Crime
White-Collar Crime
Property Crime
Juvenile Delinquency
The Criminal Justice System
Terrorism
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Futuree
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
The Family
Family in Sociohistorical Context
The Scope of Family Problems
Divorce
Changes in Family Structure
Violence and Abuse
Sexual Violence and Victimization in the Family
The Need for Societal Intervention
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Health Care
Health Care in Sociohistorical Context
The Social Organization of Health Care
Bioethics: Life and Death Discussions
The Aids Epidemic
Mental Health
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Problems in Education
Education in Sociohistorical Context
The School is a Bureaucracy
Education and Social Class
Education Problem Areas
A Question of Quality
How Else Can We Improve Education?
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Alcohol
Cocaine and Crack
Marijuana
Narcotics
Tobacco
Social Consequences of Drug Use
Social Control and Solution Attempts
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Sexual Behavior
The Cross-Cultural Context
Changing U.S. Patterns of Sexual Behavior
Pornography
Prostitution
Child Molestation
Sociological Perspectives
Thinking About the Future
Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes
Glossary
Index

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