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Social Problems in a Diverse Society

ISBN-10: 0205482643

ISBN-13: 9780205482641

Edition: 4th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Diana Elizabeth Kendall

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List price: $97.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Preface
Studying Social Problems in the Twenty-First Century
Using Sociological Insights to Study Social Problems
What Is a Social Problem?
The Sociological Imagination: Bringing Together the Personal and the Social
Social Problems and Social Policy: A Standoff on Gun Control Policy?
Do We Have a Problem? Subjective Awareness and Objective Reality
Critical Thinking and You: Determining What Constitutes a Social Problem
Using Social Theory to Analyze Social Problems
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Using Social Research Methods to Study Social Problems
Social Problems in the Media: "If It Bleeds, It Leads"? News Reporting on Violence
Field Research
Survey Research
Secondary Analysis of Existing Data
In Sum
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Wealth and Poverty: U.S. and Global Economic Inequalities
Wealth and Poverty in Global Perspective
Analyzing U.S. Class Inequality
Social Problems in Global Perspective: "Cheap Labor" and the Global Economy
Wealth versus Income Inequality
Divisions in the U.S. Class Structure
Poverty in the United States
Social Problems and Statistics: Poverty in the United States
The Poverty Line
Who Are the Poor?
Consequences of Poverty
Social Welfare in the United States
Social Problems and Social Policy: Following Up on Welfare Reform: Does One Size Fit All?
Explanations for Poverty
Can Class-Based Inequality Be Reduced?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Racial and Ethnic Inequality as a Social Problem
What Are Race and Ethnicity?
"Official" Racial and Ethnic Classifications
Dominant and Subordinate Groups
Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Social Problems in Global Perspective: The Polish Plumber in France: Negative Stereotypes about "Cheap Labor"
Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Social-Psychological Perspectives
Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives
Functionalist Perspectives
Social Problems in the Media: The Color of Mayhem: Racial Stereotyping, Sexism, and Violence in Video Games
Conflict Perspectives
Inequalities Among Racial and Ethnic Groups
Native Americans (American Indians)
African Americans
Latinos/as (Hispanic Americans)
Asian and Pacific Americans
Social Problems and Statistics: Accurate and Inaccurate Comparisons
Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Justice: Beyond Black and White
Summary
Can Racial and Ethnic Inequalities be Reduced?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Gender Inequality
Gender Inequality as a Social Problem
Defining Sex and Gender
Biological and Social Bases for Gender Roles
Gender Inequality and Socialization
Gender Socialization by Parents
Peers and Gender Socialization
Critical Thinking and You: Does Class Position Influence How We Think About Gender?
Education and Gender Socialization
Sports and Gender Socialization
The Media and Gender Socialization
Social Problems and Social Policy: Title IX and Gender Quotas in College Sports?
Contemporary Gender Inequality
The Gendered Division of Paid Work
The Wage Gap
Sexual Harassment
The Glass Ceiling and the Glass Escalator
The Double Shift
Perspectives on Gender Inequality
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Functionalist Perspective
Conflict and Feminist Perspectives
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Missing Girls: Facing Up to the Problem in China
Global Gender Inequality
Can Gender Inequality in the United States be Reduced?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Inequality Based on Age
Ageism as a Social Problem
Age-Based Stereotypes
Social Inequality and the Life Course
Social Problems in the Media: Middle-aged Women: Over the Hill and in Need of Repair?
Death and Dying
Social Problems and Statistics: Drawing the Wrong Conclusion
Problems Associated with Aging
Workplace Discrimination
Retirement and Changing Roles
Health, Illness, and Health Care
Social Problems and Social Policy: Government-Funded Health Care for Older People: Medicare
Victimization
Family Problems and Social Isolation
Housing Patterns and Long-Term Care Facilities
Perspectives on Aging and Social Inequality
The Functionalist Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
Can Age-Based Inequality be Reduced?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation
Nature and Extent of Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation
Social Problems and Statistics: How Many Gays and Lesbians?
Ideological Bases of Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation
Religion and Sexual Orientation
Social Problems in the Media: Depictions of Gay Men and Lesbians: Accurate Portrayals in Television Programming?
Law and Sexual Orientation
Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
Lack of Marital Rights
Parental Rights
Social Problems and Social Policy: Should We Amend the U.S. Constitution to Define "Marriage"?
Housing Discrimination
Discrimination in Medical Care
Occupational Discrimination
Discrimination in the Military
Victimization and Hate Crimes
Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Social Inequality
Biological and Psychological Perspectives
Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives
Functionalist and Conflict Perspectives
Can Inequalities Based on Sexual Orientation be Reduced?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry
Deviance, the Sex Industry, and Social Problems
Prostitution in Global Perspective
The World's Oldest Profession?
The Global Sex Industry
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Economic Development or Childhood Sexual Slavery?
Health Aspects of Prostitution for Women
Prostitution in the United States
The Nature of Prostitution
The Extent of Prostitution
Social Problems and Statistics: What We Know and Don't Know about Prostitution
Prostitution and Age, Class, and Race
Sociological Perspectives on Prostitution
The Functionalist Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
Pornography
The Social Construction of Pornography as a Social Problem
The Nature and Extent of Pornography
Research on Pornography
Social Problems and Social Policy: The Issue of Real versus Virtual Actors in Internet Child Pornography
Pornography and Age, Gender, Class, and Race
The Future of Pornography and the Sex Industry
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Drug Use and Abuse
Defining Drug Abuse
Drug Addiction
Alcohol Use and Abuse
Alcohol Consumption and Class, Gender, Age, and Race
Social Problems in the Media: The Two Faces of Alcohol: Framing Social Drinking and Alcoholism on TV Shows
Alcohol-Related Social Problems
Tobacco (Nicotine) Use as a Social Problem
Prescription Drugs, Over-the-Counter Drugs, and Caffeine
Prescription Drugs
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Caffeine
Illegal Drug Use and Abuse
Marijuana
Stimulants
Social Problems and Social Policy: The Battle over Marijuana: Medicalization or Legalization?
Depressants
Narcotics
Hallucinogens
Explanations of Drug Abuse
Biological Explanations
Psychological Explanations
Sociological Explanations
The Future of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Prevention Programs
Treatment Programs
Critical Thinking and You: Calling on a Higher Power or Using Self-Reliance? Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Crime and Criminal Justice
Crime As a Social Problem
Problems with Official Statistics
Defining Crime and Delinquency
Types of Crimes
Violent Crime
Social Problems in the Media: Murder in the Media: Framing News Stories to Get Attention
Property Crime
Occupational (White-Collar) Crime
Corporate Crime
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Who Am I? Identity Theft in the Global Village
Organized Crime
Juvenile Delinquency
Who Commits Crimes?
Biological and Psychological Explanations of Crime
Biological Explanations
Psychological Explanations
Sociological Explanations of Crime
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Criminal Justice System
The Police
The Courts
Punishment and the Prisons
The Death Penalty
Social Problems and Social Policy: Crime Prevention or the Prison-Industrial Complex?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Health Care: Problems of Physical and Mental Illness
Health Care As a Social Problem
Acute and Chronic Diseases and Disability
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Global Enemies of Health: The Double Burden of Low-Income Nations
The AIDS Crisis
Mental Illness As a Social Problem
Treatment of Mental Illness
Race, Class, Gender, and Mental Disorders
The Crisis in U.S. Health Care
Health-Care Organization, Rising Costs, and Unequal Access
Social Problems and Social Policy: Who Pays for Health Care? A Brief Look at Canada, the United Kingdom, and Sweden
The Uninsured and the Underinsured
Race, Class, Gender, and Health Care
Social Problems and Statistics: Families without Health Insurance
Sociological Explanations for Health-Care Problems
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
The Changing Family
The Nature of Families
Changing Family Structure and Patterns
Are U.S. Families in Decline?
Changing Views on Marriage and Families
Social Problems in Global Perspective: The Changing Family around the World
Sociological Perspectives on Family-Related Problems
Functionalist Perspectives
Conflict and Feminist Perspectives
Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives
Diversity in Intimate Relationships and Families
Singlehood
Postponing Marriage
Cohabitation and Domestic Partnerships
Dual-Earner Marriages
Comparing Two-Parent and One-Parent Households
Child-Related Family Issues
Reproductive Freedom, Contraception, and Abortion
Infertility and New Reproductive Technologies
Adoption
Teen Pregnancies and Unmarried Motherhood
Divorce and Remarriage
Social Problems and Statistics: The Odds of Getting Divorced
Domestic Violence
Child Abuse
Spouse Abuse
Social Responses to Domestic Violence
Family-Related Problems in the Twenty-First Century
Social Problems and Social Policy: Paying for Child Care? "It Takes a Village..."
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Problems in Education
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Functionalist Perspectives
Conflict Perspectives
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Education in Japan: Cramming for Success and Corporate Profits
Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives
Problems in U.S. Education
What Can Be Done about Illiteracy?
Immigration and Increasing Diversity in Schools
Educational Opportunities and Race, Class, and Gender
School Violence
Problems in School Financing
Social Problems in the Media: Ads and Obesity in the Classroom: Channel One
Problems in Higher Education
The Soaring Cost of a College Education
The Continuing Debate over Affirmative Action
Educational Problems in the Twenty-First Century
Social Problems and Statistics: Does Spending More Money Guarantee a Better Education?
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Problems in Politics and the Global Economy
Three Major Modern Economic Systems
Capitalism
Socialism
Mixed Economies
Problems in the Global Economy
Inequality Based on Uneven Economic Development
Transnational Corporations and the Lack of Accountability
Problems in the U.S. Economy
Concentration of Wealth
Social Problems in Global Perspective: The Malling of China: Transnational Corporations and Global Consumerism
The National Debt and Consumer Debt
Corporate Welfare
Critical Thinking and You: Are You a Conservative or a Liberal? The Language of the Political Economy
Problems in Political Participation Around the World
Problems in U.S. Politics
Voter Apathy and the Gender Gap
Politics and Money in Political Campaigns
Government by Special-Interest Groups
Social Problems and Social Policy: "He Who Pays the Piper, Calls the Piper's Tune?" Passing Campaign Finance Reform
Government by Bureaucracy
The Military-Industrial Complex
Sociological Perspectives on the Political Economy
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
Problems in Politics and the Economy in the Twenty-First Century
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Problems in the Media
The Importance of the Media in Contemporary Life
The Political Economy of Media Industries
Media Ownership and Control
Problems Associated with Convergence
Global Media Issues
Critical Thinking and You: Where Does Your News Come From? Should You Care?
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Skewed Depictions of Africa in the Media
Potential Media Effects
Aggression, Violence, and the Media
Perpetuation of Race and Gender Stereotypes in the Media
Sociological Perspectives on Media-Related Problems
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Media in the Twenty-First Century
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Population, Global Inequality, and the Environmental Crisis
Global Overpopulation
Population Growth
The Impact of Population Growth
Social Problems in Global Perspective: International Migration: Problem or Solution?
World Hunger
Controlling Fertility
Family Planning
Zero Population Growth
Immigration and Its Consequences
Population and the Environment
Social Problems in the Media: Children in the Trunk? Framing Ads to Discourage Illegal Border Crossings
Economic Growth and Environmental Degradation
Air Pollution
Problems with Water, Soil, and Forests
Solid, Toxic, and Nuclear Wastes
Sociological Perspectives on Population and the Environment
The Functionalist Perspective
Critical Thinking and You: Do We Have a Problem or Not? Learning from Environmental Sociology
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Population and the Environment in the Twenty-First Century
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Urban Problems
Changes in U.S. Cities
Early Urban Growth and Social Problems
Contemporary Urban Growth
Urban Problems in the United States
Fiscal Crisis in the Cities
The Crisis in Health Care
Housing Problems
Social Problems in the Media: Media Framing of Stories about Homelessness and the Holidays
Social Problems and Social Policy: Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Homelessness: What Should the Government Do?
Racial and Ethnic Segregation
Problems in Global Cities
Sociological Perspectives on Urban Problems
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Urban Problems in the Twenty-First Century
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Global Social Problems: War and Terrorism
War As a Social Problem
The Nature of War
The Consequences of War
Social Problems in the Media: "Weapons of Mass Destruction": Political Spin and Media Framing of a War
Military Technology and War
Global Terrorism
Terrorism in the United States
Explanations of War and Terrorism
Biological Perspectives
Psychological Perspectives
Sociological Explanations
The Conflict and Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives
War and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
Social Problems and Social Policy: Does the USA Patriot Act Protect Us or Threaten Our Liberties? Ask Your Librarian
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Can Social Problems Be Solved?
Social Problems in the Media: Covering the Hurricane Katrina Disaster: Journalists as Advocates in New Orleans
The Problem with Tackling Social Problems
Social Change and Reducing Social Problems
Microlevel Attempts to Solve Social Problems
Seeking Individual Solutions to Personal Problems
Limitations on the Microlevel Solutions Approach
Midrange Attempts to Solve Social Problems
Groups That Help People Cope with Their Problems
Grassroots Groups That Work for Community-Based Change
Limitations on the Midlevel Solutions Approach
Macrolevel Attempts to Solve Social Problems
Working through Special-Interest Groups for Political Change
Working through National and International Social Movements to Reduce Problems
Limitations of the Macrolevel Solution Approach
Final Review of Social Theories and Social Problems
Critical Thinking and You: Applying Sociology to the Ordinary and the Extraordinary in Everyday Life
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Critical Thinking
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index
Credits