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Social Problems: A Down to Earth Approach, 11th Edition

By James M. Henslin

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 25, 2013


A sociological understanding of social problems.


Social Problems: A Down to Earth Approach, 11/e is a theoretically balanced text that provides the latest research and a consistent structure to help students analyze critical social problems facing the United States. The author presents both sides of an argument with a neutral voice and uses a "down-to-earth" writing style. By using this text, not only do students gain a sociological understanding of social problems, but also they are able to explore and evaluate their own opinions about specific social problems. They will gain a greater awareness of the social forces that shape their orientations to social problems and their perspectives on social life. The ideas in this book penetrate students’ thinking and help give shape to their views of the world.


MySocLab for Social Problems  features an engaging student experience including an interactive eText, the New Core Concepts Video Series, the New Social Explorer.  


Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize LearningMySocLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – Thinking Critically About the ChapterAt the end of each chapter are several questions designed to help students evaluate what they have read. These questions also lend themselves well for stimulating class discussions.
  • Engage Students –Opening VignetteIntended to arouse student interest in the social problem and to stimulate the desire to read more, this brief opening story presents essential elements of the social problem.
  • Explore ResearchSpotlight on Research boxes – Major researchers in social problems share an insider's perspective of how they became interested in a social problem and how they did their research
  • Explore Theory – The three basic theoriesSymbolic interaction theory, functional theory, and conflict theory— are introduced early in the text; giving students the opportunity t immediately grasp the differences of these theories.
  • Support Instructors – MySocLab, Instructor’s eText, Instructor’s Manual, Test Item File, Electronic “MyTest” Test Bank, PowerPoint Presentation Slides, and Pearson Custom course material are available.


Note:  MySocLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + NEW MySocLab (at no additional cost):  ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205965121 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205965120.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma

Chapter 2: Interpreting Social Problems: Aging

Chapter 3: Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior

Chapter 4: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 5: Violence in Society: Rape and Murder

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Poverty and Wealth

Chapter 8: Racial-Ethnic Relations

Chapter 9: Inequalities of Gender and Sexual Orientation

Chapter 10: Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness

Chapter 11: The Changing Family

Chapter 12: Urbanization and Population

Chapter 13: The Environmental Crisis

Chapter 14: War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power