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Global Problems, Global Solutions

Global Problems, Global Solutions
Prospects for a Better World

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  • JoAnn Chirico - The Pennsylvania State University, University College
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October 2018 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Global Problems, Global Solutions: Prospects for a Better World approaches social problems from a global perspective with an emphasis on using one’s sociological imagination. Perfect for instructors who involve students in research, this text connects problems borne by individuals to regional, global and historical forces, and stresses the importance of evidence in forming opinions and policies addressing social issues. The book introduces readers to the complexities of the major problems that confront us today such as violent conflict, poverty, climate change, human trafficking and other issues that we encounter in our lives. It book concludes with a chapter on politics and government, underscoring the need for good governance at all levels–and cooperation among many layers of government–to build a better world.

About the Author
Chapter 1. Private Troubles and Social Problems: Developing a Sociological Imagination
It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times  
Private Troubles, Public Issues  
Vulnerability to Global Problems  
Using a Social Science Lens  
Glass Half Empty or Half Full?  
Perspectives for Studying Problems  
Understanding the Global Order  
Part I: Nourishing Human Capital
Chapter 2. Socioeconomic Fault Lines: Inequality, Poverty, and Development
How Well Does the Global Economy Function?  
Understanding Inequality  
Impacts of Global Poverty and Inequality  
Quality of Life Along Levels of Development  
Origins of Contemporary Inequality Among Nations  
Factors Influencing Varying Levels of Development  
Varying Pathways to Development  
Fighting Poverty and Inequality  
Chapter 3. Starving in the Shadow of Plenty
The Global Food System  
Food Security  
How Can We Fix Our Broken Food System?  
Food Safety Nets  
Chapter 4. Optimizing Human Capital: Good Health
The Global Burden of Disease  
How Our Lifestyles Harm Us: Non-Communicable Disease  
Discrimination in Health Care  
Anomie in the 21st Century: Mental Health Concerns  
Infectious Outbreak, Epidemic, Pandemic  
Making Health Care Work  
Coordinated Action  
Chapter 5. Expanding Horizons Through Lifelong Learning
Achieving Universal Education  
Measuring Quality Education  
The Pivotal Problem of Funding  
Reaching More with Education  
Improving the Quality of Education  
Part II: Restoring Civility to Social Life
Chapter 6. From Difference to Discrimination: Fault Lines of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion
Defining Difference: Diversity and Meaning  
Burned by the Sun or White Like the Ice: The Social Creation of Race  
The Rights of Indigenous Communities: The "First" Peoples  
Human Rights, Life Chances, and Discrimination  
Falling Between the Cracks: Statelessness in a World of States  
Having the Wrong Religion Could Cost You Your Life  
Confronting Discrimination and Persecution  
Chapter 7. You Can't Empower Us with Chickens: Gender Through the Lifespan
Gender Inequality and Human Development  
Gender Inequities Throughout the Lifespan  
Chapter 8. When Life Becomes a Commodity: Human and Wildlife Trafficking
Globalization Effects on Crime  
Individual and Environmental Vulnerability to Transnational Organized Crime  
The Legal Framework to Combat Transnational Organized Crime  
Human Trafficking: When People Become a Commodity  
Combatting Human Trafficking  
Trafficking in Wildlife: Flora and Fauna  
Chapter 9. Transnational Property Crimes
The War on Drug Trafficking  
The Human Cost of Illegal Drugs  
Death and Violence Along Trafficking Routes  
Economic Costs of Drugs and Alternative Development  
Trafficking in Firearms and Weaponry  
Intellectual Property Crime: Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods  
Emerging Crimes  
Combatting Cybercrime: The Legislative Framework  
Combatting Transnational Crimes  
Chapter 10. The Challenge of Political Violence
The Nature of War, Armed Conflict, and Political Instability  
Correlates and Causes of Violent Conflicts  
Consequences and Costs of Violent Conflict  
The Conflict Trap  
Protecting Peace and Problems of Peacemaking  
Promoting Peace and Getting Out of the Conflict Trap  
Part III: Sustaining Natural and Manufactured Environments
Chapter 11. Global Flows of Refugees
Types of Migration  
Global Flows of Refugees  
Life as a Refugee  
The "Solutions"  
Internally Displaced Persons  
Chapter 12. Environmental and Economic Migration
What Is a Migrant?  
Patterns of Migration  
Displaced by Climate Change and Environmental Disaster  
Demographic, Economic, and Social Impacts of Migration  
Populist Backlash to Immigration  
Mitigating the Challenges of Migration  
Chapter 13. Destruction and Depletion of the Natural Environment
Scope of Environmental Problems  
Chemical Contaminants  
Air, Land, and Water Degradation and Depletion  
Developing Nations and Toxic Dumping  
Pollution in the Developing World  
Water Pollution in the Developed World  
Environmental Assessment in the United States  
Depletion of Water Resources  
The Global Water Regime  
A Global View: Air Pollution  
Land Degradation  
The Forests  
The Global Chemical Regime  
Escaping the Toxic: Living Green  
Chapter 14. Climate Change and Global Warming
The Threat of Climate Change  
The Symptoms of a Changing Climate  
Extreme Weather and Displaced People  
Health and Nutrition Effects  
The Environmental Regime  
"Greening" the Earth: Sustainable Development  
Chapter 15. Urbanization: The Lure of the Cities
What Makes a City?  
What Does it Mean to Be Urban?  
Contemporary Cities  
The Urban Slums: Cities of Tomorrow?  
Achieving Urban Sustainability  
Chapter 16. A World Gone Awry? The State of Governance
Is the World Unmanageable?  
Goals of Governance  
Layers of Governance  
A Normative Basis for Good Governance  
Meeting the Challenges of Governance  


Instructor site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes that summarize key concepts by chapter to help in lecture preparation and class discussions.
  • Video and multimedia links that appeal to students with different learning styles. 
Student Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

·         Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.

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JoAnn A. Chirico

JoAnn Chirico is a senior instructor of Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Sociological Research Exercises for the Global Age (SAGE, 2009), a 200-page lab manual of twenty-five research exercises with accompanying essays explaining the theories on which the exercises are based. In addition to other publications, she is co-author, with Roland Robertson, of one of the first sociological analyses of globalization, “Humanity, Globalization and Worldwide Religious Resurgence: A Theoretical Exploration,” Sociological Analysis: 46-3, fall 1985. More About Author

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