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Praise for Anna Leon-Guerrero's Social Problems: "The book promises to be a very stimulating and empowering book for students on social problems...The strengths of this book are that students are not left with a menu of problems and all the depression and frustration that can carry. Just what we need to stimulate students into thought and action as opposed to memorization and regurgitation at test time." - Dr. Julia Glover Hall, Drexel University "I really like the community based approach. It offers students examples they can actually get their minds around better than some of the more large scale or abstract discussions; and shows them practical applications that many are likely to see in their own careersa? I think it offers a fresh perspectivea? , includes direct references to data resources not offered by other texts." - Heather Feldhaus-Smith, Bloomsburg University Terrorism. Poverty. Unemployment. AIDS. Crime. Drug abuse. Do any or all of these social problems exist in your community? What exactly is a social problem, and what policies and activities have been implemented to try and resolve them? Anna Leon-Guerrero has written an accessible and insightful text which encourages students to play an active part in their own communities. By encouraging critical thinking and Internet research, students will come to recognize that social problems don't just exist "somewhere else," but that they exist on their own campuses and in their own neighborhoods and communities. Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action offers a sociological perspective on the social p
Anna Leon-Guerrero is Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University.
Table of Contents
Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
Using our Sociological Imagination
What is a Social Problem?
Understanding the Sociological Perspective
The Transformation From Problem to Solution
Making Sociological Connections
The Bases of Inequality: Social Class, Ethnicity, and Race
Why Does Social Inequality Exist?
How Are We Different?
Inequalities Based on Social Class
Inequalities Based on Ethnicity or Race
Policy Focus: Affirmative Action in the Workplace
The Bases of Inequality II: Sex and Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Age
Inequalities Based on Sex and Gender
Policy Focus: Title IX
Inequalities Based on Sexual Orientation
Inequalities Based on Age
What Are Your Life Chances?
Myths of the Family
Sociological Perspectives on the Family
Problems in the American Family
Family Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
The New Educational Standard
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Problems and Challenges in American Education
Education Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
The Changing Nature of Work
Sociological Perspectives on Work
Problems in the Workplace
Workplace Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
Health and Medicine
Sociological Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Medicine
Inequalities in Mortality and Morbidity
Other Health Care Problems
Health Care Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
Sociological Perspectives on Drug Abuse
What Is Drug Abuse?
The Problems of Drug Abuse
Drug Abuse Advocacy, Innovation, and Policy
Poverty in the United States
The Consequences of Poverty and Welfare Reform
Poverty Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
Sociological Perspectives on Crime
Sources of Crime Statistics
Types of Crime
The Inequalities of Crime--Offenders and Victims
Our Current Response to Crime
Crime Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
Sociological Perspectives on the Media
The Media and Social Problems
Media Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
Cities and Suburbs
Urban Sociology and Demography
Sociological Perspectives on Urbanization
The Consequences of Urbanization
Urban and Community Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
Environmental Problems Are Human Problems
Sociological Perspectives on Environmental
Social Problems and the Environment
Environmental Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation
War and Terrorism
Defining Terrorism and War
Sociological Perspectives on Terrorism and War
The Problems of War and Terrorism
War and Terrorism Policy, Advocacy, and Innovation a. Political diplomacy
Social Problems and Social Action: Private Troubles versus Public Issues
Social Problems and Their Solutions
Understanding Social Movements IV. How do social movements begin?
How Do Social Movements Begin?
How Have Reform Movements Made a Difference?
Making the Last Connection
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