Social Problems & the Quality of Life

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This book is organized around the theme of the quality of life. It seeks to define what a social problem is and then addresses specific issues: How can one gain a sociological understanding of social problems? What kinds of critical thinking should one engage in and what kinds should one avoid in attempting to understand social problems? How is the quality of one’s life affected by particular problems? What causes these problems and how can we resolve them? In Part One, the authors lay the groundwork by establishing key approaches to social problems. In the remaining sections, they discuss the social problems that most acutely influence our lives, and examine each problem for its impact on the quality of our lives.

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Robert H. Lauer is currently Research Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington University, St. Louis. He has taught at Washington University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Alliant International University. He has authored or co-authored 22 books and numerous journal articles. He is listed in: American Men and Women of Science, Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the West, International Authors and Writer's Who's Who, and Dictionary of International Biography. He has been selected numerous times as Outstanding Teacher by Sociology students. His special interests are marriage and family, social problems, and social psychology.

Jeanette C. Lauer is currently Research Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. She received her Ph.D. in Social History from Washington University, St. Louis. She has taught at Washington University, St. Louis Community College and Alliant International University, where she also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the co-author of 17 books and numerous journal articles. She is listed in: Contemporary Authors; Who's Who in the Midwest; Who's Who Among American Women; Who's Who in California; Who's Who in America; and Who's Who in American Education 1992-1993. Her special interests are marriage and family, social problems, and American social history.

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