Journals Higher Education



Published: 20 March 2020

736 Pages

7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190936419

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Focus on Social Problems

Second Edition

Edited by Mindy Stombler and Amanda M. Jungels

Focus on Social Problems: A Contemporary Reader, Second Edition, exposes students to current issues in the field. The selections in this reader help students understand how social problems are defined and constructed, increase their empirical knowledge about the causes and consequences of social problems, and develop empathy. Working from a critical social constructionist foundation, the readings address a wide variety of social problems. Editors Mindy Stombler and Amanda M. Jungels include a combination of research-based articles and popular media pieces. Each chapter opens with an interview of a social-change activist doing work related to the chapter's featured social problem, giving students an opportunity to envision themselves as agents of social change.

New to this Edition:

  • An expanded introduction is now a full-length chapter, written by Stombler and Jungels, that introduces students to the discipline of sociology, the sociological imagination, the role of American cultural values in defining and understanding social problems, the social construction of social problems, and a critical constructionist perspective
  • Each chapter has a new multi-page introduction
  • Selections have been updated and revised with the latest data
  • Updated and new activist interviews
  • More than half of the selections are new to this edition

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