Understanding Social Problems, 7th Edition

  • Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D. East Carolina University
  • David Knox, Ph.D. East Carolina University
  • Caroline Schacht, M.A. East Carolina University
  • ISBN-10: 049581296X
  • ISBN-13: 9780495812968
  • 704 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2007, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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Overview

Mooney, Knox, and Schacht's seventh edition of UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS uses a theoretically balanced, student-centered approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of social problems. The text progresses from a micro- to macro-level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as illness and health care, drugs and alcohol, and family problems, and then broadening to the larger issues of poverty and inequality, population growth, environmental problems, and conflict around the world. The social problem in each chapter is framed in a global as well as U.S. context. In every chapter, the three major theoretical perspectives are applied to the social problem under discussion. Further, the consequences of the problem, as well as alternative solutions, are explored. Pedagogical features such as "The Human Side" and "Self and Society" enable students to grasp how social problems affect the lives of individuals and apply their understanding of social problems to their own lives.


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Features/Benefits

  • The text organizes topics into four primary sections: Sociology and the Study of Social Problems, Problems of Well-Being, Problems of Inequality, and Problems of Globalization, supporting seamless progress from micro- to macro-level analysis and helping students to steadily build their knowledge and confidence with the material.
  • Full coverage of social problem issues related to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation are included, along with integrated coverage of feminist theory, ensuring that material will likely be relevant and interesting to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and interests.
  • "Self and Society" features throughout the text present social surveys designed to help students assess their own attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, or behavior regarding some aspect of a social problem, while "The Human Side" features provide other perspectives by describing the personal experiences of individuals affected by social problems.
  • "Social Problems Research Up Close" features provide examples of social science research to demonstrate the sociological enterprise from theory and data collection to findings and conclusions, offering students a valuable understanding of how research in the social sciences occurs in the real world.
  • A running glossary highlights key terms in the text and provides concise definitions in the margin, making it easier for students to learn important terminology, understand words in context, and review for assignments or exams.
  • Several "What Do You Think?" features in each chapter present questions designed to elicit critical thinking on key topics and encourage students to discover and clarify their own opinions.

What's New

  • Photo Essay feature visually depicts aspects of social problems on a national and global scale, providing compelling and memorable presentations of topics such as food safety and global warming and climate change to inspire student interest and encourage class discussion. For this edition, the authors have added several new Photo Essays, including ones on student activism and prison-based rehabilitation programs.
  • Reorganized of table of contents redistributes youth and aging discussions across the entire text to show clearer connections between social problems and age.
  • Chapter 11, Sexual Orientation and the Struggle for Equality, now focuses more on the problem of inequality and sexual orientation.
  • Updated tables and figures, new photos, updated research and statistics throughout.
  • NEW special feature topics include: The Seven Sins of Greenwashing (Social Problems Research Up Close); The National College Health Assessment (Social Problems Research Up Close); A Former Insurance Industry Insider Speaks Out for Health Care (The Human Side); Teen Mom Tells Her Story (The Human Side); Poverty Never Takes a Holiday (The Human Side); Job Loss in Mid-Life (Social Problems Research Up Close); Down But Not Out: From Hedge Funds to Pizza Delivery Down(The Human Side); How Do Your Spending Habits Change During Hard Economic Times? (Self and Society); A Letter to My Gay Son (The Human Side); Outcomes Expected from National Action to Reduce Global Warming (Self and Society).
  • This thoroughly updated Seventh Edition includes a more streamlined, fifteen-chapter table of contents (Youth and Aging Problems is now discussed throughout the text); two new photo essays – "Students Making a Difference" in Chapter 1 and "Prison Programs that Work" in Chapter 4; new, engaging chapter-opening vignettes and What Do You Think? questions to more fully engage critical thinking; an all-new design and new visuals; and revised discussions of various topics including CEO pay, the housing bubble, the "revolving door" in the health industry, the rise in teen pregnancies and unmarried childbearing, the global economic crisis, data on employees who are "out" at their workplace, international data on the legal status of homosexuality around the world, the use of lethal injection and the Supreme Court's recent decision on its use in capital punishment, green schools, and the backlog of PTSD and other medical claims in the Veterans Administration.
  • Updated discussions include: the reauthorization of S-CHIP; information on health care reform; the uninsured; stigma and mental illness; poverty Rates for same-sex couples; effects of economic development on indigenous people; expanded section on myths about welfare; outsourcing; expanded section on media and gender, and the culture of thinness; e-commerce and finances, politics and e-government, social networking and communication, the search for knowledge, games and entertainment, and malicious use of the Internet (e.g. cyber-bullying, digital piracy); statistics on global military spending, U.S. military spending since 9/11, the cost of the Iraq War, and attitudes among Americans about defense spending; and North Korea's, Iran's, and South Asia's nuclear programs with particular emphasis on Pakistan

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Table of Contents

Part I: SOCIOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
1. Thinking About Social Problems.
Part II: PROBLEMS OF WELL-BEING.
2. Illness and the Health Care Crisis.
3. Alcohol and Other Drugs.
4. Crime and Social Control.
5. Family Problems.
Part III: PROBLEMS OF INEQUALITY.
6. Poverty and Economic Inequality.
7. Work and Unemployment.
8. Problems in Education.
9. Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration.
10. Gender Inequality.
11. Sexual Orientation and the Struggle for Equality.
Part IV: PROBLEMS OF GLOBALIZATION.
12. Population Growth and Urbanization.
13. Environmental Problems.
14. Science and Technology.
15. Conflict, War, and Terrorism.
Glossary.
References.
Credits.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D.

Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In addition to social problems, her specialties include law, criminology, and juvenile delinquency. She has published over 30 professional articles in such journals as SOCIAL FORCES, SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY, SEX ROLES, SOCIOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, and TEACHING SOCIOLOGY. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of North Carolina, Board of Governor's Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award.

David Knox, Ph.D.

David Knox, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at East Carolina University, where he teaches courtship and marriage; marriage and the family; and sociology of human sexuality. He is a marriage and family therapist, as well as the author or co-author of 12 books and over 100 professional articles.

Caroline Schacht, M.A.

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Family Relations, is instructor of sociology at East Carolina University and teaches courtship and marriage, introduction to sociology, and the sociology of food. Her clinical work includes marriage and family relationships. She is also a divorce mediator and the coauthor of several books, including UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS (Wadsworth 2010). She is married to David Knox.

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