Walls and Bridges: Social Justice and Public Policy

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 196 pages
This useful classroom resource for professors wishing to incorporate notions of justice into their courses examines a variety of America s most challenging social issues (education, poverty, homelessness, crime, and health care), interwoven with racial and ethnic themes. Anthony J. Cortese illustrates how the tension between moral relativism on the one hand, and universal ethics on the other, makes concrete policy discussion difficult. He illustrates how, through a synthesis of justice, law, and power, a social ethics approach to public policy could resolve various intergroup conflicts and social problems. Included at the end of each chapter are What You Can Do exercises and activities that encourage students to apply what they have learned to their own lives.
 

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Contents

A Social Ethics Approach to Social Problems
1
The Crisis and Denial of Access in Education
21
Welfare Poverty and the Legitimization of Social Inequality
53
Sidewalk Stories The Forgotten Homeless People
81
Medical Apartheid The Unequal Distribution and Quality of Health Care
105
Crime and Prison The Social Control of Deviance
131
Social Ethics and Implications for Public Policy
157
Implications for Social Policy
169
References
173
Index
189
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Anthony J. Cortese is Professor of Sociology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Ethnic Ethics: The Restructuring of Moral Theory, published by SUNY Press, and Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising.

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