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August 2014 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
“Given the complexity of the issues, the study of social problems requires, indeed demands, specialized focus by experts.”
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A. Javier Treviño

Welcome to a new way of Investigating Social Problems.  

In this groundbreaking new text, general editor A. Javier Treviño, working with a panel of experts, thoroughly examines all aspects of social problems, providing a contemporary and authoritative introduction to the field. Each chapter is written by a specialist on that particular topic. This unique, contributed format ensures that the research and examples provided are the most current and relevant in the field. The chapters carefully follow a model framework to ensure consistency across the entire text and provide continuity for the reader. The text is framed around three major themes: intersectionality (the interplay of race, ethnicity, class, and gender), the global scope of many problems, and how researchers take an evidence-based approach to studying problems.

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Part I: The Sociological Study of Social Problems
 
Chapter 1: Social Problems (Javier Trevino)
Introduction

 
The Sociological Study of Social Problems

 
The Sociological Imagination

 
Sociological Research

 
Three Sociological Theories

 
Applying the Three Theories to Social Problems

 
Social Policy

 
Specialized Theories

 
Service Sociology and Social Problems

 
 
Part II: Problems of Inequality
 
Chapter 2: Poverty (Keith Kilty)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Social Class

 
Inequality

 
Using Theory to Explain Poverty, Class, and Inequality: The View from a Functionalist, Symbolic Interactionist, and Conflict Perspective

 
Specialized Theory Beyond Functionalism, Interactionism, and Conflict

 
Social Change: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 3: Race (Eileen O’Brien)
Defining Race and Ethnicity in a New Millennium

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Using Theory to Explain Racial Inequality: The View from a Functionalist, Symbolic Interactionist, and Conflict Perspective

 
Specialized Theories Beyond Functionalism, Conflict, and Symbolic Interactionism

 
 
Chapter 4: Gender (Robyn Ryle)
Defining gender inequality

 
Feminism, men, and the study of gender as a social problem

 
Looking at gender on college campuses

 
Using functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interaction theory to understand gender inequality

 
Queer theory: an interdisciplinary perspective on gender

 
Social change: What can you do?

 
 
Chapter 5: Sexuality (Rebecca Plante)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends in Sexuality-Related Social Problems

 
Using Theory to Understand Sex Work and Prostitution: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interaction Perspectives

 
Examples of Theories Applied to Sexualities

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 6: Aging (Duane Matcha)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Symbolic Interaction and Conflict Perspectives

 
Specialized Theory about Aging

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Part III: Problems of Institutions
 
Chapter 7: Education (Alan R. Sadovnik, Susan F. Semel, and Ryan Coughlan)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends

 
U.S. Educational System and Interest Groups

 
Using Sociological Theories in Education

 
Specialized Theories in the Sociology of Education

 
Explanations of Educational Inequality

 
Educational Reform from the 1980s to 2012

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 8: Media (William Hoynes)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends in Media Portrayals of Social Problems

 
Debating Media as a Cause of Social Problems

 
Emergent Social Problems and New Media Technology

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interaction Perspectives

 
Theories In Contemporary Media And Social Problems Scholarship

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 9: Family (Meg Wilkes Karraker)
Introduction

 
Trends

 
Family Problems and Three Institutional Stakeholders

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interaction Perspectives

 
Specialized Family Theories

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 10: Work and the Economy (Rudi Volti)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Stakeholders

 
Using Theory: The Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives

 
Specialized Theories: Weber and Scientific Management

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Part IV: Problems of Health and Safety
 
Chapter 11: Crime (Susan Guarino-Ghezzi and Kathleen Currul-Dykeman)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends

 
The U.S. Criminal Justice System and Its Stakeholders

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict and Symbolic Interaction Perspectives

 
Specialized Theories about Crime

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 12: Alcohol and Other Drugs (Brian C. Kelly and Dina Perrone)
Drugs and Society

 
Addiction and Other Harms

 
Patterns of Drug Use

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives

 
Specialized Theories

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 13: Health (Kevin White)
Introduction

 
Patterns and Trends

 
The U.S. Health care System and Its Stakeholders

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives

 
Specialized Theories

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Part V: Problems of Global Impact
 
Chapter 14: Environment (Michael M. Bell and Katharine Legun)
Introduction: Environmental Problems as Social Problems

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Theoretical Perspectives in Environmental Sociology

 
Specialized theories

 
What You Can Do: Social Change for the Environment

 
 
Chapter 15: Science and Technology (Wenda Bauchspies)
Introduction: Hacking and Cybercrimes around the World

 
Science and Technology as Socially Defined

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Science, Technology and Their Stakeholders

 
Using Theory: The View from the Functionalist, Conflict and Symbolic Interaction Perspectives

 
Specialized Theories

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 16: War (Paul Joseph)
Introduction: War as a Social Concept

 
Patterns and Trends

 
The Future of War

 
Using Theory: The view from the Functionalist, Conflict and Symbolic Interaction Perspectives

 
Specialized Theory: The Civil-Military Gap Thesis

 
Terrorism

 
Social Change: What Can You Do?

 
 
Chapter 17: Population (Michael Borer and Tyler Schafer)
Urbanization, Growth, and Social Problems

 
Patterns and Trends

 
Theories of Urban Growth and Urbanization

 
Specialized Theories

 
Research Spotlight: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey – Quality of Life in a Boom and Bust City

 
Social Change: What Can You Do in Your City, Suburb, or Town?

 

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Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources will include the following:

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  • Respondus electronic test bank
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  • Audio links
  • Video links
  • Web resources
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site will include the following:

  • eFlashcards
  • Web quizzes
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  • Video links
  • SAGE articles
  • General Social Survey Questions

This is a great introductory text for students of sociology interested in understanding how the discipline can contribute to the analysis of inequality and marginalization.

Mr Elias Ortega-Aponte
Graduate Division of Religion, Drew University
April 6, 2015

I have added this title to my "Recommended" reading list and will continue to evaluate it as I develop the course.

Mr DOUGLAS ANDERSON
Humanities Fine Arts Dept, Front Range Community College
February 17, 2015

Text gives graduate students of nonprofit management who have no previous study in sociology a basic grasp of the nature of social problems. This is a recommended text used as a supplement to my course, "Communications for Social Change."

Ms Bonnie McEwan
Milano School of International Affairs, Mgmt and Policy, New School University
January 24, 2015

This textbook is very well organized and allows for interactive options for students. The available online instructor resources are very well designed and make course preparation much swifter. Designing this course for the first time on my course website went very easily, and I was able to remove and add options that were more focused for my students.

Professor Sandra Nelson
Behavioral Social Sciences Div, Univ Of Houston-Clear Lake
January 7, 2015

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A. Javier Trevino

A. Javier Treviño is the author and editor of several books including The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills (SAGE, 2012), Investigating Social Problems (SAGE, 2014) and C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). He has served as President of the Justice Studies Association (2000–2002) and as President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2010–2011). He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK (2006), a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Moldova (2009), and since 2014 has been a Visiting Professor in Social and... More About Author

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