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This book represents a truly innovative and empowering approach to social problems. Instead of focusing solely on a seemingly tireless list of major problems, Sara Towe Horsfall considers how select key issues can be solved and pays particular attention to the advocate groups already on the front lines. Horsfall first provides a robust theoretical foundation to the study of social problems before moving on to the problems themselves, examining each through the lens of specific advocate groups working towards solutions. This concise and accessible text also incorporates useful learning tools including study questions to help reinforce reading comprehension, questions for further thought to encourage critical thinking and classroom discussion, a glossary of key terms, and a worksheet for researching advocate groups. Social Problems: An Advocate Group Approachis an essential resource for social problems courses and for anyone who is inspired to effect change.
Sara Towe Horsfall is associate professor of sociology at Texas Wes leyan University. She is coeditor of Chaos, Complexity, and Sociology and author of A Neighborhood Portrait. She has also worked as a foreign correspondent and international journalist, giving her unique insight into social problems and their solutions around the world.
Table of Contents
The Theoretical Basis of the Study of Social Problems
What is a Social Problem?
Six Ingredients of Social Problems
How Do Social Problems Occur?
Levels of Social Problems
Information and Claims Making
Understanding Advocate Groups
Who Are the Advocate Groups?
Why Do Advocate Groups Form?
Three Views of Human Nature
Dynamics Within Advocate Groups
Growth and Development of Advocate Groups
A Typology of Advocate Group Change
Ameliorating Actions, Reactions, and Consequences
Professional Agencies, Nonprofits, and Special Interest Groups
Education and Public Awareness Campaigns
Interpersonal Interaction, Apology, Reparation
Independent, Individual Actions
Reactions and Consequences
Opposition Groups: Campaigning Against Reform
Consequences for the Target Group
Assessing Overall Social Benefit
Social Dynamics: The Change Process and Models of Change
Processes/Patterns of Change
Change Is Linear: Progress and Evolution
Change Is Cyclical: Growth and Decay
Change Is Dialectical: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
Other Ideas of Social Change
Causes of Change
Models for Social Change
Problems Addressed Through Government Programs
Problems Addressed Through Government Legislation
Problems Addressed Through Professional Organizations,Nonprofit Groups, and Special Interest Groups
Drugs and Alcohol
Domestic Violence (Spousal/Partner and Child Abuse)
Teen Suicide and Gangs
Problems with Active Opposition Groups
Problems Addressed Through Education and Public Awareness, Interpersonal Interaction, Reparation, Apology, and Independent Individual Action
Global Warming and Pollution
Natural Resources: Water, Land, Energy, Endangered Species, and Rain Forests
Sexually Transmitted Diseases/AIDS
Rape, Date Rape, and Spousal Rape
Social Problem Analysis Worksheet
Notes on Similarities and Contrasts of Social Problems Textbooks
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