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This theoretically balanced text provides the latest research findings and a consistent structure to help&students analyze&major social problems facing the United States.& Henslin presents boths sides of an argument with a neutral voice and has a "down-to-earth" writing style. & When students complete this text, not only do they gain a sociological understanding of social problems, but also they are able to exploreand evaluatetheir 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, then, can penetrate students' thinking and give shape to their views of the world.
Table of Contents
PART I THE SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma
The Sociological Imagination
What Is a Social Problem?
The Essential Elements of a Social Problem
Social Problems Are Relative
The Natural History of Social Problems
The First Stage: Defining the Problem, the Emergence of Leaders, and Beginning to Organize
The Second Stage: Crafting the Official Response
The Third Stage: Reacting to the Official Response
The Fourth Stage: Developing Alternative Strategies
The Role of Sociology in Social Problems
Sociology as a Tool for Breaking Through Emotions and Defenses
Sociology and Common Sense
Methods for Studying Social Problems
Should Sociologists Take Sides?
Should Sociologists Define Social Problems?
The Working Consensus
Critical Thinking Questions
Interpreting Social Problems: Aging
Sociological Theories and Social Problems
Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems
The Development of Symbolic Interactionism
Applying Symbolic Interactionism
Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems: A Summary