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Social Problems

Causes, Consequences, Interventions

Second Edition

Jack Levin, Kim Mac Innis, Walter F. Carroll, and Richard Bourne

Publication Date - August 1999

ISBN: 9780195329759

428 pages
Paperback
7 x 10 inches

Retail Price to Students: $164.99

An introductory text that covers a wide range of social problems.

Description

This compact and affordable text serves as an introduction to a wide range of social problems. Social Problems, Second Edition, is unique in that all chapters are organized in a consistent format, beginning with the definition and prevalence of the social problem covered, followed by levels of causation, consequences, and interventions. Each chapter includes a discussion of the future of each social problem covered and a summary of its substantive issues. All chapters conclude with discussion questions, references, and a list of relevant websites.

This lively, readable volume introduces students to a variety of sociological viewpoints on social problems. Every topic is analyzed from individual, cultural, and structural perspectives. This diversity allows instructors to compare explanations that incorporate such structural factors as social class and economic structure to explanations that focus on cultural factors or on biological and psychological characteristics of the individual. Social Problems, Second Edition, emphasizes the importance of gender, race, and class for understanding social problems. The text focuses on the U.S., but incorporates comparative, cross-cultural material when appropriate.

Unique features of this book include the following:

* A consistent approach that offers solutions to social problems, not just explanations
* Full chapters on the topics of cities and urban decline, and on food and population
* Coverage of such issues as the criminalization of pregnancy, domestic violence as a health issue, and aging and homosexuality

To stimulate student interest, each chapter begins with an "In the News" section that consists of several newspaper articles on current issues. Every chapter also includes "A Closer Look" inserts to heighten student interest by describing ongoing efforts to resolve current social issues. Some inserts highlight the impact of social policy, while others summarize research or challenge "common sense" assumptions.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 1983

Table of Contents

    All chapters conclude with Discussion Questions, References, and a list of Relevant Websites.
    Chapters 2-16 also include Summaries.
    1. Understanding Social Problems
    In the News: An End to Social Problems?
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    About the Book
    2. Inequality and Poverty
    In the News: Children and Poverty
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Inequality and Poverty
    3. Racial Inequality
    In the News: Who Are We? Census Racial Categories
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Racial Inequality
    4. Gender Inequality
    In the News: Title IX and Women's Sports
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Gender Inequality
    5. Age Discrimination
    In the News: Children Caring for Their Elderly Parents
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Age Discrimination
    6. Sexual Orientation and Homophobia
    In the News: Coming Out on Television: Ellen
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Homophobia
    7. Crime and Violence
    In the News: Why Is the Crime Rate Falling?
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Inequality and Poverty
    8. Substance Abuse
    In the News: Switzerland's Heroin Distribution Program
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Drug Abuse
    9. Child Abuse
    In the News: Taking Children Out of Abusive Families
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Child Abuse
    10. Battered Women
    In the News: Battered Women and the Courts
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Battered Women
    11. Divorce
    In the News: Tightening the Bonds of Marriage in Louisiana
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Divorce
    12. Health and Health Care Issues
    In the News: Surviving in America Without Health Insurance
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Health Care
    13. Cities and Urban Decline
    In the News: The Fall and Rise of a Neighborhood
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Urban Life
    14. Population and Food
    In the News: Going Hungry in American Cities
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Population and Food
    15. Environmental Problems
    In the News: The Summit on the Environment
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of the Environment
    16. Mass Media and Society
    In the News: Free Speech on the Internet
    Definition and Prevalence
    Levels of Causation
    Individual
    Cultural
    Structural
    Consequences
    Interventions
    The Future of Mass Media and Society

Teaching Resources

A comprehensive Instructor's Resource Guide/Testing Program and a Website accompany the text.