Budding with new insight, this top-selling, proactive book probes the nature and causes of each major social problem confronting citizens today, and, with historical and multicultural sensitivity, delves into the social control and social action issues inherent to each particular problem. Balancing viewpoints and supporting material with research and policy, each chapter covers topics in a micro to macro format, pointing out the interrelationships among today's social problems and the possibility of approaching them from several perspectives. Chapter topics include sociological perspectives on social problems; problems of physical health; mental illness; sex-related social problems; alcohol and other drugs; crime and criminals; violence; poverty amid affluence; racism, prejudice, and discrimination; sex roles and inequality; an aging society; the changing family; problems of education; problems of work and the economy; urban problems; population and immigration; technology and the environment; and war and terrorism. For individuals looking to understand today's social problems—and help solve them.
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This tenth edition of Social Problems appears during an almost unprecedented stretch of economic good times for the United States and most urban industrial nations. Despite the relative prosperity, however, prospects for addressing the nation's and the world's social problems are far from rosy. The continuing failure of health-care reform has resulted in increasing numbers of people who lack health insurance. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 continues to have consequences that are positive in terms of numbers of people working but negative for the children of poor families. Indeed, children have been hit hardest by recent changes in social policy, particularly cuts in child support for low-income families. Elsewhere in the world, there is a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots—a gap that can be seen between entire nations as well as between the rich and the poor within nations—and this poses a major threat to world security. The threat of a renewed arms race, especially between India and Pakistan, and continuing ethnic strife in the nations of the former Soviet empire and throughout much of Africa are testing the capabilities of the United Nations and the world's most powerful nations, especially the United States.
For every major social problem confronting Americans and citizens of other nations, there are groups of people dedicated to seeking a solution. Some of them are experts on particular social problems, like the members of the medical profession who each day confront the tragedy of AIDS, or the law enforcement professionals who cope with crime and violence. Others are nonprofessionals, often citizens who have decided to devote themselves to doing something about a particular situation or problem. Among these activists are people who have experienced the condition they seek to improve—women who have suffered sexual abuse, people who know what it is to be homeless, drug and alcohol abusers who want to help themselves and others, and neighbors confronted with the dumping of toxic wastes. Such groups may include elected officials and other political leaders who are expected to formulate sound social policies to address social problems. This book is written in an effort to make their work more effective and in the hope that some readers will be moved to take up their causes. We dedicate it to the citizens of the world who devote some of their precious time on earth to helping others.
Organization of the Book
The first few chapters of this book focus on relatively individual behaviors, such as drug use and crime. The social institutions and other factors that affect these behaviors are noted and described: The middle chapters focus on inequality and discrimination, discussing such topics as poverty, prejudice, sexism, and ageism. Every attempt has been made to indicate the effects of large-scale discrimination on individuals, as well as to deal with the concept of institutionalized inequalities. Later chapters discuss problems that are common to many societies, such as those related to family life and work. The final chapters—on the problems of cities, environmental pollution, and war and terrorism—focus on matters of global significance. It seems best to discuss each subject in a separate chapter in order to deal with it comprehensively and in depth. Throughout the book, however, an attempt has been made to indicate how the different problems overlap and are interrelated.
Social Problems has been designed to be as helpful as possible to both students and teachers. Each problem is discussed in a well-organized and readable manner. As much as possible, unnecessary terminology has been avoided. The treatment of each problem is analytical as well as descriptive, and includes the most up-to-date findings available.
Each chapter begins with an outline and a set of significant facts and ends with a summary that lists the important concepts presented. Important terms within the chapter are boldfaced and listed at the end of the chapter, and their definitions are included in the Glossary at the end of the book. In addition, boxed discussions in each chapter deal with Current Controversies or Unintended Consequences of efforts to alleviate social problems. New to this edition, a Critical Research feature in each chapter adds a dimension of critical thinking based on sociological research that should enliven debates about social problems and citizens' responsibilities in dealing with them.
In keeping with the book's effort to achieve as much sociological objectivity as possible, there is a feature at the end of each chapter called Beyond Left and Right. Its purpose is to help students think critically about the partisan debates over the problems discussed in the chapter they have just read. Each chapter also includes a pedagogical aid titled Social Problems Online, which will help students use the World Wide Web to inquire more deeply into particular social problems. Internet Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter.
Changes in the Tenth Edition
The reception given to previous editions of Social Problems by both colleagues and students has been encouraging, and many of their suggestions and criticisms have been incorporated in subsequent revisions. This edition represents a continuing effort to create a comprehensive, up-to-date text. To this end, the text has been thoroughly revised. Our aim has been to retain the book's emphasis on the sociological analysis of social problems, as well as the policies designed to alleviate or eliminate them. Although policies change continually, we have attempted to update the discussions of policy to reflect the most recent thinking about solutions to social problems.
In the preparation of this edition, certain areas of the text have received special attention. Chapter 2 (Problems of Physical Health) has been extensively revised in light of the rapid rise of managed care, the growing number of uninsured or inadequately insured Americans, and the sharp debate about insurance company influence on medical care. The chapter also has a thoroughly updated section on AIDS as a global plague, as well as more material on patients' rights. Chapter 3 (Mental Illness) has a new section on suicide and more discussion of sensational crimes by the mentally ill. Chapter 4 (Sex-Related Social Problems) has an extended discussion of homophobia and its consequences and a Critical Research feature on sex tourism that is likely to generate much student interest.
Chapter 5 (Alcohol and Other Drugs) reflects renewed debate over the justifications for extremely harsh punishment of drug users, especially marijuana users, and new material on the genetic factors in alcoholism. Chapter 6 (Crime and Criminals) has new material on interventions against violent gangs, research on racial profiling, and a new section on hate crimes. Chapter 7 (Violence) includes new material on school killings. Chapter 8 (Poverty Amid Affluence) has an expanded discussion of the impact of welfare reform, more material about the working poor, and a Critical Research feature on the problems of single mothers, to name only some of the extensive changes made in this key chapter. Chapter 9 (Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination) has been extensively updated with new material about affirmative action and far more emphasis on racism in contemporary life in the United States and elsewhere. Chapter 10 (Sex Roles and Inequality) has an expanded discussion of child-care issues under workfare and a new section on power and male hegemony.
Later chapters reflect important changes in social problems, both global and domestic: an expanded discussion of the implications of aging populations worldwide in Chapter 11 (An Aging Society); a new Critical Research feature on fatherless families and more about worldwide divorce patterns in Chapter 12 (The Changing Family); and a Critical Research feature on the digital divide and its impact on education and inequality in Chapter 13 (Problems of Education). Chapter 14 (Problems of Work and the Economy) has been completely revamped, with new sections on corporate power and wealth in a globalizing economy, plus far more material about the effects of globalization on women in the labor force, job stress, and job insecurity, as well as more on the impacts of new technologies. Chapter 15 (Urban Problems) has more material about ethnic enclaves in major cities, with some emphasis on the Miami Cubans. Chapter 16 (Population and Immigration) has a new section on worldwide hunger and a Critical Research feature on starvation in the midst of plenty. There are extensive reports on new environmental problems in Chapter 17 (Technology and the Environment). Chapter 18 (War and Terrorism) has updated material on globalization and worldwide patterns of terrorism and the growing threat of rogue states.
Throughout the text, statistical material, figures, and tables have been updated wherever necessary, and recent research has been cited throughout. The Social Policy sections incorporate recent programs and proposals.
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Revising and updating a social problems textbook is a formidable task. Social problems is a far-ranging field with myriad findings and concepts that accumulate rapidly and are often changing. This edition has benefited from the reviews of many sociologists, all of whom have contributed useful comments and suggestions. We are happy to number among them the following: Barbara K. Chesney, University of Toledo; James E. Floyd, Macon College; Marie Pease Lewis, Macon College; Edward Ponczek, William Rainey Harper College; Steven C. Seyer, Lehigh Carbon Community College; and John Tenuto, DePaul University.
To the following, whose suggestions have enriched all nine previous editions, a special thank-you: Mark Abrahamson, University of Connecticut; Lynn Anderson, Navarro College; Howard Bahr, Brigham Young University; Jeanne Ballantine, Wright State University; Nancy Bartkowski, Northern Michigan University; William Bielby, University of California-Santa Barbara; Susan L. Blackwell, Delgado Community College; Edwin Boling, Wittenberg University; Bradley Jay Buchner, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; Walter F. Carroll, Bridgewater State College; Carol E. Chandler, McHenry County College, Verghese J. Chirayath, John Carroll University; William T. Clute, University of Nebraska-Omaha; William Cockerham, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; William L. Collins, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College; Paul L. Crook, San Diego Mesa College; William M. Cross, Illinois College; Phillip W. Davis, Georgia State University; Lois Easterday, Onondaga Community College; John Farley, Southern Illinois University; Michael P. Farrell, State University of New York-Buffalo; William Feigelman, Nassau Community College; Morris A. Forslund, University of Wyoming; Sidney Forsythe, Wheaton College; John Galliher, University of Missouri; Harry Gold, Oakland University; Erich Goode, State University of New York-Stony Brook; Norman Goodman, State University of New York-Stony Brook; Marshall Graney, Wayne State University; James Greenley, University of Wisconsin; Julia Hall, Drexel University; John Hedderson, University of Texas-El Paso; John Hendricks, University of Kentucky; Mary R. Holley, Montclair State College; Nils Hovik, Lehigh County Community College; Gary Jensen, University of Arizona; Richard I. Jollif...
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