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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 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, then, can penetrate studentsrs" thinking and give shape to their views of the world.
Table of Contents
The Sociology of Social Problems
How Sociologists View Social Problems
The Abortion Dilemma The Sociological Imagination
What is the Sociological Imagination?
What is a Social Problem?
The Essential Elements of a Social Problem
A Global Glimpse: Only Females Eligible
Sex-Selection Abortion in India Issues in Social Problems
A Problem for Some is a Solution for Others
The Relativity of Social Problems
The Natural History of Social Problems
Four Stages The First Stage: Defining the Problem, the Emergence of Leaders, and Beginning to Organize
The Second Stage
Crafting and 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
Thinking Critically About Social Problems
Coping with Guilt After an Abortion Spotlight on Social Research
Looking Behind the Scenes Should Sociologists Take Sides?
Summary and Review
Interpreting Social Problems
Aging Sociological Theories and Social Problems Symbolic
Interactionism and Social Problems Introducing Symbolic Interactionism
The Development of Symbolic Interactionism Issues in Social Problems
Making Sense of Suicide
The Social Construction of Reality Applying Symbolic Interactionism to Social Problems
Symbolic Interactionism and Social Problems
A Summary Functionalism and Social Problems Introducing Functionalism
The Development of Functionalism Applying Functionalism to Social Problems
Spotlight on Social Research: Studying Young People
Who Become Old A Global Glimpse: The Coming Tidal Wave
Japans Elderly Functionalism and Social Problems
A Summary Conflict Theory and Social Problems Introducing Conflict Theory
The Development of Conflict Theory Applying Conflict
Theory to Social Problems Conflict Theory and Social Problems
A Summary The Future of the Problem
The Pendulum Swings Changing Objective Conditions and Subjective Concerns
The Emerging Struggle Issues in Social Problems
The Gray Panthers Thinking Critically about Social Problems
Applying the Theories: Understanding the Intergenerational Battle
Chapter Summary and Review
Norm Violations In Social Context
Human Sexual Behavior Objective Conditions and Subjective Concerns Homosexuality Background: Getting the Larger
Picture Homosexuality Viewed Theoretically
Applying Conflict Theory Thinking Critically About Social Problems
Should Homosexuals Be Declared a Minority Group?
Research on Homosexuality Spotlight on Social Research
Studying Sex in America Differences Between Male and Female Homosexuals Prostitution Background
Getting the Larger Picture Issues in Social Problems: Me, a Prostitute?