Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action

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SAGE, Sep 16, 2010 - Education - 524 pages
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In the Third Edition of this popular book, Anna Leon-Guerrero humanizes social problems with voices of experience, and address the consequences and responses to a social problem.

The hallmarks of the book will be its integrated theme of race, class, and gender; an emphasis on "service learning" (student awareness of effective community responses); critical thinking and active learning; and the use of the internet and unique print supplements to expand on what is intended to be a briefer book than most.

Features and benefits:

Voices in the Community - a section in each chapter offering testimony from those experiencing or doing something about social problems

Visual Essays in each section to highlight a particular social problem or solution in the context of actual experiences.

Internet and community exercises at the end of each chapter

What Does it Mean to Me? Brings the analysis of the problem being studied down to the level of the individual

Four theoretical perspectives for each problem studied: conflict, social interactionist, functionalist and feminist

Community, Policy and Social Action sections focus on social policy, advocacy, and community innovation

 

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Contents

SOCIAL PROBLEMSPERSONAL TROUBLES
2
OUR SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
8
The Bases of Inequality
31
THE BASES 0F INEQUALITY
32
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37
Race and Ethnicity
66
Gender
96
Sexual Orientation
118
INTERNET AND COMMUNITY EXERCISES
280
The Media
281
Our Social and Physical Worlds
309
Crime and Criminal Justice
341
A Pu blic Health Approach to G un Control
365
MAIN POINTs 570
371
The Environment
400
War and Terrorism
429

Age and Aging
138
Senior Political Power
156
Our Social Institutions
165
Educaflon
196
ON YOUR OWN
225
Community Policy and Social Action
246
NotSoForeign Models of Health Care
274
Visual Essay V Thanks to Student Activists
458
Individual Action and Social Change
459
Glossary
477
References
483
Photo Credits
513
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About the author (2010)

Anna Leon-Guerrero is Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She teaches courses in statistics, social theory, and social problems. She is a recipient of the university's Faculty Excellence Award and the K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a social service program evaluator and consultant, she has focused her research on welfare reform, employment strategies for the working poor, and program assessment. She is also the co-author of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society, and co-editor of Contemporary Readings in Social Problems.

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