Social Problems:

ISBN-10: 0205881882
ISBN-13: 9780205881888
Edition: 2013
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Description: Viewing our society from a conflict perspective. Taking a conflict approach, Social Problems, 13e examines social problems, how they are interrelated to other problems, and society's role in their creation and perpetuation. This text addresses  More...

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List price: $164.60
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson College Div
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

Viewing our society from a conflict perspective. Taking a conflict approach, Social Problems, 13e examines social problems, how they are interrelated to other problems, and society's role in their creation and perpetuation. This text addresses interesting subjects, such as corporate crime, urban decay, poverty and the changing economy. The thirteenth edition focuses more deliberately on five major themes: the structural sources of social problems; the role of the United States in global social problems; the centrality of class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability as sources of division, inequality, and injustice; the critical examination of society; and solutions to social problems.

Box Features
Preface
MySocLab
The Political Economy of Social Problems
The Sociological Approach to Social Problems
History of Social Problems Theory
Toward a Definition of Social Problems
Types of Social Problems
Norm Violations
Social Conditions
The Sociological Imagination
Social Structure as the Basic Unit of Analysis
Person-Blame Approach versus System-Blame Approach
Reasons for Focusing on the System-Blame Approach
Sociological Methods: The Craft of Sociology
Sociological Questions
Problems in Collecting Data
Sources of Data
Organization of the Book
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System
U.S. Economy: Concentration of Corporate Wealth
Monopolistic Capitalism
Transnational Corporations
Concentration of Wealth
Political System: Links Between Wealth and Power
Government by Interest Groups
Financing of Political Campaigns
Candidate Selection Process
Bias of the Political System
Consequences of Concentrated Power
Subsidies to Big Business
Trickle-Down Solutions
The Powerless Bear the Burden
Foreign Policy for Corporate Benefit
Reprise: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Problems of People, the Environment, and Location
World Population and Global Inequality
World Population Growth
Demographic Transition
Family Planning
Societal Changes
Poverty
Food and Hunger
Sickness and Disease
The New Slavery
Concentration of Misery in Cities
U.S. Relations with the Developing World
Transnational Corporations
United States in the Global Village
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Threats to the Environment
Worldwide Environmental Problems
Degradation of the Land
Destruction of the Tropical Rain Forests and Other Forms of Deforestation
Environmental Pollution and Degradation
Fossil Fuel Dependence and Environmental Degradation
Climate Change
Sources of U.S. Environmental Problems
Cultural Sources
Structural Sources
Solutions to the Environmental Crises
Individual/Local Solutions
Societal-Level Solutions
Global-Level Solutions
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Demographic Changes in the United States: The Browning and Graying of Society
Profile of the U.S. Population
New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape
Immigration and Increasing Diversity
Consequences of the New Immigration
Immigration and Agency
Effects of Immigration on Immigrants: Ethnic Identity or Assimilation?
The Aging Society
Demographic Trends
Demographic Portrait of the Current Elderly Population
Problems of an Aging Society
Social Security
Paying for Healthcare
Elder Abuse
Responses by the Elderly
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Problems of Place: Urban, Suburban, and Rural
Urban Problems
Urban Job Loss
Disinvestment
Federal Abandonment
Urban Poverty
Urban Housing Crisis
Decaying Infrastructure
Transportation, Pollution, and the Environment
Health and Healthcare
Urban Schools
Crime, Drugs, and Gangs
Suburban Problems
Suburban Sprawl
Automobile Dependency
Social Isolation in the Suburbs
Transforming the Suburbs: The End of Sprawl?
Rural Problems
Poverty
Jobs in Rural Areas
Environment
Healthcare and Delivery
Small-Town Decline
Crime and Illicit Drugs
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Problems of Inequality
Poverty
Extent of Poverty
Racial/Ethnic Minorities
Gender
Age
Place
The New Poor
The Working Poor
The Near Poor
The Severely Poor
Myths about Poverty
Just "Get a Job"
Welfare Dependency
The Poor Get Special Advantages
Causes of Poverty
Deficiency Theories
Structural Theories
Costs of Poverty
Family Problems
Health Problems
Problems in School
Economic Costs
Elimination of Poverty
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Racial and Ethnic Inequality
How to Think about Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Racial Categories
Ethnic Groups and Their Differences
Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States
Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Deficiency Theories
Bias Theories
Structural Discrimination Theories
Discrimination against African Americans and Latinos: Continuity and Change
Income
Education
Unemployment
Type of Employment
Health
Contemporary Trends and Issues in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations
Ongoing Racial Strife
More Racially Based Groups and Activities
Social and Economic Isolation in U.S. Inner Cities
Racial Policies in the New Century
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Gender Inequality
Women and Men Are Differentiated and Ranked
Is Gender Biological or Social?
Gender and Power
What Causes Gender Inequality?
Socialization versus Structure: Two Approaches to Gender Inequality
Learning Gender
Children at Home
Children at Play
Formal Education
Socialization as Blaming the Victim
Reinforcing Male Dominance
Language
Interpersonal Behavior
Mass Media
Religion
The Law
Politics
Structured Gender Inequality
Occupational Distribution
The Earnings Gap
Intersection of Race and Gender in the Workplace
How Workplace Inequality Operates
Gender in the Global Economy
The Costs and Consequences of Sexism
Who Benefits?
The Social and Individual Costs
Fighting the System
Feminist Movements in the United States
Women's Struggles in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Sexual Orientation
Heteronormativity
Gay and Lesbian Community: An Overview
Defining Homosexuality
The Numbers
Interpersonal Relationships and Domestic Arrangements among Gays and Lesbians
Past and Present Discrimination
Ideological Oppression
Legal Oppression: The Law and the Courts
Fighting the System: Human Agency
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Disability and Ableism
Definitions
Individual Model of Disability
Social Model of Disability
Toward a More Complete Definition of Disability
People with Disabilities as a Minority Group
Defined as Different
Derogatory Naming
Minority as a Master Status
Categorization, Stigma, and Stereotypes
Exclusion and Segregation
Matrix of Domination
Discrimination
Issues of Gender, Sexual Behavior, and Fertility
Gender Stereotyping
Sexual Relationships
Physical and Sexual Abuse
The Abortion Issue
Agency
Disability Rights Movement
Americans with Disabilities Act
Conclusion
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Social Structure and Individual Deviance
Crime and Justice
Crime in Society
What Is Crime?
Crime Rates
Demographic Characteristics of People Arrested for Crimes
Categories of Crime
Unjust System of Justice
Laws
Police
Judicial Process
U.S. Correctional System
Stopping the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Drugs
The Politics of Drags
Historical Legality of Drags
Factors Influencing Drag Laws and Enforcement
Drug Use in U.S. Society
Commonly Abused Illegal Drags
Legal but Dangerous Drugs
Drag Use Patterns by Class, Race, and Gender
Why Use Drugs?
U.S. Official Policy: A War on Drags
Consequences of Official Drug Policies
Is the Drag War Racist?
Alternatives
Regulation of Trade or Use through Licensing and Taxation
Noninterference
Address the Social Causes of Drug Use
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Institutional Problems
The Economy and Work
Capitalism and Socialism
Capitalism
Socialism
Mega Economic Trends
Globalization
The Transformation of the Economy: From Manufacturing to Services
The Changing Nature of Jobs
The Great Recession (2007-2010 and Beyond)
Work and Social Problems
Control of Workers
Alienation
Dangerous Working Conditions
Sweatshops
Unions and Their Decline
Discrimination in the Workplace: Perpetuation of Inequality
Job Insecurity
Benefits Insecurity
Increased Workload
Worker Compensation
The Problem: Workers or Jobs?
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Families
The Mythical Family in the United States
U.S. Families in Historical Perspective: The Family in Capitalism
Stratification and Family Life: Unequal Life Chances
Changing Families in a Changing World
Economic Transformation and Family Life
Today's Diverse Family Forms
Balancing Work and Family with Few Social Supports
Single Parents and Their Children
Societal Response to Disadvantaged Children
Divorce
Consequences of Divorce
Children of Divorce
Violence in U.S. Families
Violence and the Social Organization of the Family
Intimate Partner Violence
Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Education
Characteristics of Education in the United States
Education as a Conserving Force
Mass Education
Preoccupation with Order and Control
A Fragmented Education System
Local Control of Education
A Lack of Curriculum Standardization
"Sifting" and "Sorting" Function of Schools
Education and Inequality
Financing Public Education
Family Economic Resources
Higher Education and Stratification
Segregation
Tracking and Teachers' Expectations
Possibilities for Promoting Equality of Opportunity
Provide Universal Preschool Programs
Offer Free Education
Set National Education Standards
Reduce Funding Disparities across States and Districts
Reduce Class and School Size
Attract and Retain Excellent Teachers
Extend the School Day and Year
Hold Educators Accountable
Reform the Educational Philosophy of Schools
Restructure Society
Chapter Review
Key Terms
The Healthcare System
Crises in Healthcare: Cost, Coverage, and Consequences
Rising Healthcare Costs
Does the High Cost of Healthcare Translate into Good Health Consequences?
The Healthcare System in the United States Prior to the 2010 Reform
Different Plans for Different Categories
Private Insurance
For-Profit Hospitals
Managed Care Networks
Unequal Access to Healthcare
Social Class
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
HIV/AIDS: The Intersection of Class, Race, and Gender
Models for National Healthcare: Lessons from Other Societies
The Bismarck Model
The Beveridge Model
The National Health Insurance Model
Reforming the Healthcare System of the United States
The Politics of Health Reform
The Obama Plan
The Supreme Court and the Affordable Health Care Act
The Future of the Affordable Health Care Act
Chapter Review
Key Terms
National Security in the Twenty-First Century
The U.S. Military Establishment
The Size of me U.S. Military
The Cost of Maintaining U.S. Military Superiority
The Threat of Nuclear Weapons
The Terrorism Threat
Domestic Terrorism
International Terrorism
U.S. National Security and the War on Terror
Prelude to the War on Terror
The Precipitating Event
A Rush to War
The War in Iraq
The Afghanistan War
The Costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
The Legacy of the Wars
Twenty-First Century Warfare
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Solutions
Progressive Plan to Solve Social Problems
Sociology, Social Problems, and Social Change
The Sociological Imagination and Social Problems
Sociological Paradox: Structure and Agency
A Sociological Dilemma: Recognition and Rejection
Progressive Principles to Guide Public Policy
Is a Progressive Social Policy Possible?
Should a Progressive Plan Be Adopted by U.S. Society?
Financing the Progressive Agenda
Is There Any Hope of Instituting a Social Agenda Based on Progressive Principles?
Human Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up
Individuals Protesting and Organizing for Change
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Bibliography
Credits
Index
Demographics

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