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Social Problems, Census Update, Books a la Carte Edition, 4th Edition

By John J. Macionis

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 8, 2011

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Macionis's Social Problems is the only social problems text that explains how society frames social problems and solutions through politics. The text analyzes social issues and policies, using the concepts of sociological theory and the everyday language of politics.

 

This text helps students understand the attitudes and values that define the political spectrum in the United States. Once students know how social problems are defined by our society through politics, and how the policies to solve these problems are developed, students are able to  become involved in solving social problems through activism and political involvement.

Table of Contents

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS


Part I: Sociology’s Basic Approach

Chapter 1 Sociology: Studying Social Problems

 

Part II: Problems of Social Inequality

Chapter 2 Poverty and Wealth 

Chapter 3 Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Chapter 4 Gender Inequality

Chapter 5 Aging and Inequality

 

Part III: Problems of Deviance, Conformity, and Well-Being

Chapter 6 Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice

Chapter 7 Sexuality

Chapter 8 Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 9 Physical and Mental Health

 

Part IV: Problems of Social Institutions

Chapter 10 Economy and Politics

Chapter 11 Work and the Workplace

Chapter 12 Family Life

Chapter 13 Education

Chapter 14 Urban Life

Chapter 15: Population and Global Inequality

Chapter 16: Technology and the Environment

Chapter 17: War and Terrorism




COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

* Every chapter ends with:

Going On from Here

Defining Solutions

Getting Involved: Applications & Exercises

Making the Grade         Visual Summary            Sample Test Questions

Preface


Part I: Sociology’s Basic Approach

Chapter 1: Sociology: Studying Social Problems

Constructing the Social Problem

Seeing Patterns: The Sociological Imagination

Social Problems: The Basics

Beyond Our Borders: A Global Perspective

Analyzing Social Problems: Sociological Theory

Finding the Facts: Sociological Research

Responding to Social Problems: Social Policy

Politics: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment

A Call to Action: The Message of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Part II:  Problems of Social Inequality

Chapter 2: Poverty and Wealth

Constructing the Social Problem

Economic Inequality in the United States

The Rich and the Poor: A Social Profile

Problems Linked to Poverty

Responding to Poverty: The Welfare System

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

U.S. Society Discovers Poverty

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Poverty

Politics and Poverty: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Chapter 3: Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Constructing the Social Problem

Race and Ethnicity

Patterns of Majority-Minority Interaction

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Rosa Parks: Saying No to Segregation

The Social Standing of U.S. Minorities

Prejudice

Discrimination

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Politics, Race, and Ethnicity: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Chapter 4: Gender Inequality

Constructing the Social Problem

What Is Gender?

Gender and Social Institutions

Gender Stratification

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Gender Inequality

Feminism

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Claiming Women’s Right to Equality

Politics and Gender: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Chapter 5: Aging and Inequality

Constructing the Social Problem

Growing Old

The Graying of the United States

Problems of Aging

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

A Good Death: Cicely Saunders and Hospice

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Aging and Inequality

Politics and Aging: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Part III: Problems of Deviance, Conformity, and Well-Being

Chapter 6: Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice

Constructing the Social Problem

Norms, Law, and Crime

Crime: The Extent of the Problem

“Street Crime”: Who Are the Criminals?

Other Dimensions of the Crime Problem

Violence

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

U.S. Society Discovers Child Abuse

The Criminal Justice System

Explaining Crime: Biological and Psychological Theories

Explaining Crime: Sociological Theories

Politics and Crime: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Chapter 7: Sexuality

Constructing the Social Problem

What Is Sex?

Sexual Attitudes in the United States

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Alfred Kinsey: Talking Openly about Sex

Sexual Orientation

Pornography

Sexual Harassment

Prostitution

Teenage Pregnancy

Abortion

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Sexuality

Politics and Sexuality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Chapter 8: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Constructing the Social Problem

What Is a Drug?

The Extent of Drug Use

Types of Drugs

Drugs and Other Social Problems

Social Policy: Responding to the Drug Problem

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Bill Wilson: Alcoholics Can Learn to Be Sober

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Drug-Related Social Problems

Politics and Drugs: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Chapter 9: Physical and Mental Health

Constructing the Social Problem

Health and Illness: A Global Perspective

Health Policy: Paying for Care

Health Care in the United States: A System in Crisis?

Mental Health and Illness

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Dorothea Dix: Mentally Ill People Deserve Our Help

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Health Problems

Politics and Health: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 

Part IV: Problems of Social Institutions

 Chapter 10: Economy and Politics

Constructing the Social Problem

Economic Systems: Defining Justice, Defining Problems

The Economy and Politics

Problems of the U.S. Political Economy

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Store Wars: Is Wal-Mart the Problem or the Solution?

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Economic and Political Problems

Politics and the Economy: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 


Chapter 11: Work and the Workplace

Constructing the Social Problem

The Importance of Work

Structural Changes in the U.S. Economy

Other Problems of the U.S. Workplace

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Eugene Debs: Standing Up for the Union

New Information Technology: The Brave New Workplace

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Work-Related Problems

Politics and the Workplace: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions


 

Chapter 12: Family Life

Constructing the Social Problem

What Is a Family?

Controversies over Family Life

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment 

Same-Sex Marriage: The Massachusetts Decision

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Family Problems

Politics and Family Life: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions


 

Chapter 13: Education

Constructing the Social Problem

Problems of Education: A Global Perspective

Problems with U.S. Education

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Linda Brown: Fighting to Desegregate the Schools

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Educational Problems

Politics and Education: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions

 


Chapter 14: Urban Life

Constructing the Social Problem

Cities: Then and Now

Problems of Today’s Cities

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment        

Jacob Riis: Revealing the Horror of the Tenements [change Horror to Misery?]

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Urban Problems

Politics and Urban Life: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions



Part V: Global Problems

 

Chapter 15: Population and Global Inequality

Constructing the Social Problem

Global Population Increase

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Thomas Robert Malthus: Claiming Population Is a Problem [delete Claiming?]

Global Inequality

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Global Inequality

Politics and Global Inequality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions


 

Chapter 16: Technology and the Environment

Constructing the Social Problem

Ecology: Studying the Natural Environment

Environmental Problems

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Rachel Carson: Sounding an Environmental Wake-Up Call

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Environmental Problems

Politics and the Environment: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions


 

Chapter 17: War and Terrorism

Constructing the Social Problem

War and Peace: Basic Definitions

Terrorism

Constructing the Social Problem: A Defining Moment         

Mohandas Gandhi: Spreading a Message of Peace

Theoretical Analysis: Understanding War and Terrorism

Politics and War: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions


Glossary

References

Photo Credits

About the Author

Name Index

Subject Index

Purchase Info

ISBN-10: 0-205-16682-2

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-16682-4

Format: Alternate Binding

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