Social Problems in a Diverse Society (with Study Guide) (4th Edition)

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This text focuses on the significance of race, class, and gender; uses personal narratives to convey how problems are experienced by individuals and groups; and applies sociological perspectives throughout to examine social issues.

 

In the fifth edition of Social Problems in a Diverse Society, author Diana Kendall continues to focus on the significance of race, class, and gender as key factors in our understanding of social problems in the United Stated and around the globe. Throughout the text, all people - but particularly people of color and white women - are shown not merely as "victims" of social problems, but as individuals who resist discrimination and inequality and seek to bring about changes in families, schools, workplaces, and the larger society. The author, who specializes in social theory, uses the three main sociological perspectives throughout the text, along with contemporary feminist and humanist perspectives. Authentic, first person accounts - "real words from real people" create interest and show how the problems being discussed affect people as they go about their daily lives. This new edition has numerous new references, many new boxed features, and substantial updating throughout.

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Emphasizing the centrality of race, class, and gender in understanding people's life experiences and social problems in the US and other nations, this college-level text addresses contentious issues with reason and perspective. Topics covered in the volume's 18 chapters include wealth and poverty; t

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Social Problems in a Diverse Society focuses on the significance of race, class, and gender when discussing social problems. Also, this text examines how the media shapes our perceptions of problems. By incorporating personal narratives, Dr. Kendall conveys to readers how problems are experienced by other individuals and groups.

 

For the fourth edition, new or updated experiences and examples are found in every chapter, including the latest available coverage of the War in Iraq, terrorism in London and elsewhere, and Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Also, Chapters 1 and 18 have been substantially revised to reflect the social constructionist approach to the study of social problems and new insights on the best (and worst) ways to track a social problem.

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