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Published: 10 September 2015

304 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190236724

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Social Problems

An Introduction to Critical Constructionism

Fifth Edition

Robert Heiner

Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Fifth Edition, synthesizes conflict theory and social constructionism to help students think critically about social problems. A concise, student-friendly alternative to all-encompassing standard textbooks, this book examines a single theoretical paradigm in depth, demonstrating how theory can be used to understand a range of critical social issues.

New to this Edition:

  • New discussions on regressive taxation and tax dodging, how inequality is bad for business, the transition from stakeholder to shareholder capitalism, if college is worth the cost, the war on drugs, language that resonates, and high speed rail and other efforts to relieve traffic congestion and consequent pollution
  • An expanded discussion of immigration
  • An extended concluding chapter outlining reforms that can help alleviate many of the social problems discussed in the book
  • A new "Cross-Cultural Perspectives" feature that contrasts U.S. policies with those of other nations
  • New side boxes that highlight important facts or concepts

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