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Published: 01 September 2021

528 Pages

7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190056353

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Social Problems

Finding Solutions, Taking Action

Author Robert McNamara

  • Chapter 1, "What Is Sociology and Why Should I Care?", introduces sociology as a discipline, serving as a refresher for students who have taken an introductory course, and a brief overview of important key topics and concepts for those who have not
  • Application of theory includes a section in each chapter that clearly explains how a social problem might be analyzed depending on the lens applied: functionalism, conflict theory, feminist theory, symbolic interactionism, and critical race theory, among others
  • "Global Perspectives" features describe how another country approaches a particular social problem. For example, Chapter 4 (Why Are There So Many Poor People? Poverty and Inequality) examines Finland's experiment with a universal basic income.
  • The "What Works" and "So What Can I Do?" sections look at programs that have successfully addressed some aspect of a social problem. Each chapter ends with an appeal to that hope, suggesting ways in which students can act on a micro scale to begin to alleviate some aspect of society that could function more effectively or compassionately.
  • In the News Weekly Quiz is a resource for both instructors and students that provides current news articles on a weekly basis, along with low-stakes assessments that ensure student engagement and encourage students to connect the article to what they are learning in their course
  • The Oxford Learning Link (OLL) for Social Problems contains a variety of materials to aid in teaching: Instructor's Resource Manual, Test Banks, Media & Data Literacy Exercises, Pop Culture Guide and Lecture Slides

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