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Understanding Social Problems

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ISBN-10: 0534565115

ISBN-13: 9780534565114

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: David Knox, Linda A. Mooney, Caroline Schacht

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This new edition provides a comprehensive, theoretically balanced, humanistic and student centred approach to studying social problems.
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List price: $61.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 8.05" wide x 9.93" long x 0.82" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Dr. Dan L. Heitger is the Deloitte Professor of Accounting and Co-Director of the Center for Business Excellence at Miami University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his undergraduate degree in accounting from Indiana University. He actively works with executives and students of all levels in developing and teaching courses in managerial accounting, business sustainability, risk management, stakeholder management, governance, and business reporting. He co-founded an organization that provides executive education for large international organizations. His interactions with business professionals, through executive education and the Center, allow him to bring a…    

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Family Relations, is instructor of sociology at East Carolina University and teaches courtship and marriage, introduction to sociology, and the sociology of food. Her clinical work includes marriage and family relationships. She is also a divorce mediator and the coauthor of several books, including UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS (Wadsworth 2010). She is married to David Knox.

Thinking About Social Problemsp. 1
What is a Social Problem?p. 2
Elements of Social Structure and Culturep. 5
The Sociological Imaginationp. 9
Theoretical Perspectivesp. 10
Social Problems Researchp. 16
Goals of the Textp. 22
Understanding Social Problemsp. 25
Problems of Well-Beingp. 28
Illness and the Health Care Crisisp. 30
The Global Context: Patterns of Health and Diseasep. 31
Sociological Theories of Illness and Health Carep. 35
Health Concerns of U.S. College Studentsp. 38
Social Factors Associated with Health and Illnessp. 41
Problems in U.S. Health Carep. 45
Strategies for Action: Improving Health and Health Carep. 48
Understanding Illness and Health Carep. 52
Alcohol and Other Drugsp. 57
Sociological Theories of Drug Use and Abusep. 60
Frequently Used Legal and Illegal Drugsp. 63
Societal Consequences of Drug Use and Abusep. 70
Treatment Alternativesp. 75
Strategies for Action: America Respondsp. 76
Understanding Alcohol and Other Drugsp. 81
Crime and Violencep. 84
The Global Context: International Crime and Violencep. 85
Sources of Crime Statisticsp. 86
Sociological Theories of Crime and Violencep. 90
Types of Crimep. 94
Demographic Patterns of Crimep. 99
Costs of Crime and Violencep. 102
Strategies for Action: Responding to Crime and Violencep. 104
Understanding Crime and Violencep. 108
Family Problemsp. 112
The Global Context: Families of the Worldp. 113
Sociological Theories of the Familyp. 114
Violence and Abuse in the Familyp. 118
Strategies for Action: Preventing and Responding to Family Violence and Abusep. 121
Divorcep. 124
Strategies for Action: Responding to the Problems of Divorcep. 129
Unmarried and Teenage Parenthoodp. 130
Strategies for Action: Interventions in Teenage Pregnancyp. 132
Understanding Family Problemsp. 134
Problems of Human Diversityp. 138
The Young and the Oldp. 140
The Global Context: The Young and the Old around the Worldp. 141
Youth and Agingp. 142
Sociological Theories of Age Inequalityp. 144
Problems of Youth in Americap. 147
Demographics: The "Graying of America"p. 151
Problems of the Elderlyp. 153
Strategies for Action: The Young and the Old Respondp. 162
Understanding the Young and the Oldp. 165
Gender Inequalityp. 168
The Global Context: The Status of Women and Menp. 169
Sociological Theories of Gender Inequalityp. 171
Gender Stratification: Structural Sexismp. 173
Social Problems and Traditional Gender Role Socializationp. 184
Strategies for Action: Toward Gender Equalityp. 186
Understanding Gender Inequalityp. 193
Race and Ethnic Relationsp. 195
The Global Context: Diversity Worldwidep. 196
Sociological Theories of Race and Ethnic Relationsp. 203
Prejudice and Racismp. 207
Discrimination Against Minoritiesp. 209
Strategies for Action: Responding to Prejudice, Racism, and Discriminationp. 216
Understanding Race and Ethnic Relationsp. 220
Sexual Orientationp. 223
The Global Context: A World View of Laws Pertaining to Homosexualityp. 224
Sociological Theories of Sexual Orientationp. 227
Heterosexism, Homophobia, and Biphobiap. 229
Discrimination Against Sexual Orientation Minoritiesp. 233
Strategies for Action: Reducing Antigay Prejudice and Discriminationp. 238
Understanding Sexual Orientationp. 243
Problems of Inequality and Powerp. 246
The Haves and the Have-Notesp. 248
The Global Context: Poverty and Economic Inequality around the Worldp. 249
Sociological Theories of Poverty and Economic Inequalityp. 251
Wealth, Economic Inequality, and Poverty in the United Statesp. 254
Consequences of Poverty and Economic Inequalityp. 257
Strategies for Action: Antipoverty Programs, Policies, and Proposalsp. 264
Understanding the Haves and the Have-Notsp. 276
Work and Unemploymentp. 280
The Global Context: The Economy in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 281
Sociological Theories of Work and the Economyp. 286
Problems of Work and Unemploymentp. 288
Strategies for Action: Responses to Workers' Concernsp. 300
Understanding Work and Unemploymentp. 306
Problems in Educationp. 309
The Global Context: Cross-Cultural Variation in Educationp. 310
Sociological Theories of Educationp. 311
Who Succeeds? The Inequality of Educational Attainmentp. 316
Problems in the American Educational Systemp. 321
Strategies for Action: Trends and Innovations in Educationp. 325
Understanding Problems in Educationp. 335
Cities in Crisisp. 338
The Global Context: A World View of Urbanizationp. 339
Sociological Theories of Urbanizationp. 342
The Effects of Urban Living on Social Relationshipsp. 345
Cities and Social Problemsp. 347
Strategies for Action: Saving Our Citiesp. 354
Understanding Cities in Crisisp. 360
Problems of Modernizationp. 364
Science and Technologyp. 366
The Global Context: The Technological Revolutionp. 367
Sociological Theories of Science and Technologyp. 370
Technology and the Transformation of Societyp. 373
Societal Consequences of Science and Technologyp. 381
Strategies for Action: Controlling Science and Technologyp. 388
Understanding Science and Technologyp. 390
Population and Environmental Problemsp. 393
The Global Context: A World View of Population Growthp. 394
Sociological Theories of Population and Environmental Problemsp. 398
Social Problems Related to Population Growthp. 401
Strategies for Action: Slowing Population Growthp. 403
Environmental Problemsp. 406
Social Causes of Environmental Problemsp. 413
Strategies for Action: Responding to Environmental Problemsp. 414
Understanding Population and Environmental Problemsp. 420
Conflict Around the Worldp. 423
The Global Context: Conflict in a Changing Worldp. 424
Sociological Theories of Conflict and Warp. 428
Causes of Warp. 431
Social Problems Associated with War and Militarismp. 434
Conflicts and Politics in the Post-Cold War Erap. 441
Strategies for Action: In Search of Global Peacep. 445
Understanding Conflict around the Worldp. 449
Epiloguep. 453
Appendix Ap. 456
Glossaryp. 460
Referencesp. 473
Name Indexp. 511
Subject Indexp. 518
Photo Creditsp. 531
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