Handbook of Social Problems: A Comparative International Perspective

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SAGE, 2004 - Political Science - 687 pages
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The Handbook of Social Problems: A Comparative International Perspective provides a unique, broadly comparative perspective on the current state of social problems and deviance in a variety of societies around the world. Editor George Ritzer, along with leading U.S. and global sociologists, examines the relationship between social problems and a society’s level of development and affluence.

The essays in this volume focus on interrelated issues involved in the relationship between social problems and the level of development and affluence. The Handbook explores the theory of the weakness of the strong—in other words, strong or wealthy nations may have greater vulnerability to some social problems than less developed or affluent societies. This theory is clearly illustrated in this volume by the aftermath of September 11, 2001depicting the vulnerability of the U.S. to social problems in far-removed corners of the world. In addition, the international and comparative essays in this volume cover other important issues such as the impact of modern technologies on social problems, ecological problems, global inequality, health as a social problem, and much more.

The Handbook of Social Problems is a vital resource for sociologists and graduate students, as well as an excellent addition to any academic library.

 

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Contents

A Comparative International Perspective
3
Theoretical Issues in the Study of Social Problems and Deviance
14
Methodological Issues in the Study of Social Problems
30
Social Problems and Public Policy
47
Population Change
69
Ecological Problems
87
Global Inequality
105
Racism in Comparative Perspective
121
The Creation of Social Pariahs in
316
War Militarism and National Security
335
The Modern Terrorist Environment in Perspective
355
How Genocide
368
Globalization
389
Technology and Social Problems
416
The 1nternet as a Global Social Problem
433
Risk
451

Ethnic Conflict as a Global Social Problem
139
l0 Gender Inequality
156
Urban Problems in Global Perspective
172
WorkRelated Social Problems
193
The Media and Social Problems
209
Consumption as a Social Problem
226
Family Problems in Global Perspective
246
Racial and Ethnic Educational 1nequality in Global Perspective
261
Health as a Social Problem
281
How Medical Care Systems Become Social Problems
298
Crime
465
Juvenile Delinquency
480
Drug Use as a Global Social Problem
494
Making a Public Culture of Sexual Problems
521
ModernDay Folk Devils and the Problem of Childrens
542
Mental 1llness as a Social Problem
561
Disability as a Global 1ssue
586
Corruption as a Global Social Problem
600
1ndex 619
679
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About the author (2004)

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association and an honorary doctorate from LaTrobe University in Australia. His best-known work, The McDonaldization of Society, has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages.  Ritzer is also the author of a series best-selling social theory textbooks for McGraw-Hill;  McDonaldization: The Reader;  and other works of critical sociology related to the McDonaldization thesis, including  A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Globalization: A Basic Text, and The Outsourcing of Everything. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.), and the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2014 he published the second edition of Introduction to Sociology with SAGE. 

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