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Crisis in American Institutions, 14th Edition

By Jerome H. Skolnick, Elliott Currie

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 18, 2010

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Crisis in American Institutions provides students with an array of engaging articles that reflect America's social problems and encourage critical thought.

 

This edition contains seventeen new articles, many addressing the escalating crises of American society in recent years, including the worst economic crisis in decades, the rapid rise in health care costs, the polarizing debate on immigration, and the continuing growth of economic inequality.  Others update our coverage of longstanding issues, including the persistence of poverty, the continued growth of mass incarceration, and the politics of global warming.

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:
1.) BRIEF
2.) COMPREHENSIVE


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Systemic Problems
Part I Corporate Power
Part II Economic Crisis
Part III Inequality
Part IV Racism
Part V Sexism

Institutions in Crisis
Part VI The Family
Part VII The Environment
Part VIII Work and Welfare
Part IX Health and Medical Care
Part X The Schools
Part XI Crime and Justice
Part XII America in the World


COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

*Denotes new reading


Preface

Introduction: Approaches to Social Problems

 

Systemic Problems


Part I Corporate Power

Mark Zepezauer:  Take the Rich Off Welfare                

Robert S. McIntyre:  Tax Cheats and Their Enablers        

Neil Postman and Steve Powers:  The Commercial                 

*John Luoma:  Water for Profit                  

 

Part II Economic Crisis

Barbara Ehrenreich:  Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America           

Tamara Draut and Javier Silva:  Generation Broke              

Dale Russakoff:  Retirement’s Unraveling Safety Net  

*Robert Kuttner:  The Squandering of America      

 

Part III Inequality

*Dean Baker:  Increasing Inequality in the United States                     

*Center for American Progress:  From Poverty to Prosperity

Elliot Liebow:  Day by Day: the Lives of Homeless Women                        

David Wessel:  As Rich-Poor Gap Widens in the U.S., Class Mobility Stalls         

 

Part IV Racism

Michael K. Brown et al:  The Roots of White Advantage                 

Sentencing  Project:  Schools and Prisons          

Daniel Golden:  At Many Colleges, the Rich Kids Get Affirmative Action   

*Aviva Chomsky:  They Take Our Jobs                  

 

Part V Sexism

The Economist:  The Conundrum of the Glass Ceiling                      

*American Association of University Women:  Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus    

Peggy Orenstein:  Learning Silence               


Institutions in Crisis


Part VI The Family

*Arlene Skolnick:  Beyond the ‘M’ Word: the Tangled Web of Politics and Marriage         

*Sharon Lerner:  The Kids Aren’t All Right      

Brittany Shahmehri:  More Than Welcome: Families Come First in Sweden       

 

Part VII The Environment 

James Gustave Speth:  A World of Wounds                       

Steve Lerner Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana      

*Union of Concerned Scientists:  Smoke, Mirrors, and Hot Air                

 

Part VIII Work and Welfare

Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo:  Domestica

*Peter Edelman, Harry Holzer, and Paul Offner:  Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men         

Herbert Gans:  The Underclass Label         

*Sharon Hays:  Flat Broke With Children                      

 

Part IX Health and Medical Care

Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle:  Sick Out of Luck              

*Commonwealth Fund: Why Not the Best?                      

*Lillian Rubin:  The Untold Health Care Story: How They Crippled Medicare                      

 

Part X The Schools

*Jonathan Kozol:  The Shame of the Nation                                   

Ellen Mutari and Melaku Lake:  Class Conflict: the Rising Costs of College 

*Lawrence Mishel and Richard Rothstein:  Schools as Scapegoats              

Jennifer Washburn:  Hired Education                

 

Part XI Crime and Justice

Elliot Currie: The Myth of Leniency                   

Jerome H. Skolnick and John J. DiIulio Jr.Wild Pitch: “Three Strikes You’re Out” and Other Bad Calls on Crime      

*Pew Foundation:  One in 100                        

Ken Silverstein:  Unjust Rewards    

 

Part XII America in the World

Chalmers Johnson:  Blowback             

Michael T. Klare: Oil, Geography, and War                                     

9/11 Commission:  What to Do? A Global Strategy Against Terrorism 

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