Higher Education

Social Problems: Readings with Four Questions, 4th Edition

  • Joel M. Charon Moorhead State University
  • Lee G. Vigilant Minnesota State University at Moorhead
  • ISBN-10: 113331824X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133318248
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $66.75

About

Overview

A unique and groundbreaking collection of fifty-four articles organized in eleven thematic sections, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: READINGS WITH FOUR QUESTIONS, Fourth Edition, combines a rigorous structural/conflict approach with a strong emphasis on the real-life experiences of those impacted by social problems. The articles include both classic and contemporary readings covering a wide range of issues in the United States and around the world. The introductory article, written by Joel M. Charon, introduces four questions that students are urged to apply throughout the reader: What is the problem? What makes the problem a “social problem”? What causes the problem? What can be done? These questions give students a consistent sociological framework to help them analyze the readings and think critically about social problems. The articles have been painstakingly selected to hold student interest while illuminating key topics; most come from books and trade publications rather than dry academic journals. As a whole, the collection powerfully explores a wide range of contemporary social problems while providing the tools and context to help students think sociologically about the social problems around us.

Features and Benefits

  • The organization of the articles and their chapters continue to match leading social problems textbooks so that professors can bundle this book with any of the popular social problems textbooks on the market today.
  • The questions that accompany each selection provide a cogent guide to assist students in grasping the focal point or central argument of each reading.
  • Four questions precede each reading to provide a consistent structure instructors can use to introduce the article and students can apply to help them read thoughtfully, think critically, and understand the material more readily and thoroughly. The four questions are: What is a problem? What makes a problem a social problem? What causes a social problem? What can be done about a social problem?
  • Most of the readings come from books rather than dry academic journals, so they tend to be more explanatory and enjoyable for non-expert readers, making this one of the most student-friendly texts on the market.
  • Key topics covered in each article are listed at the beginning to give students and instructors a roadmap for effective reading and a convenient tool for study and review.

Table of Contents

Part I: AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
1. An Introduction to the Study of Social Problems.
Joel M. Charon and Lee Vigilant.
2. What’s Wrong with Declaring War on Social Problems.
Joel Best.
Part II: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND AMERICAN CULTURE.
3. What’s Wrong with the American Dream?
Jennifer L. Hochschild.
4. Consumerism and Americans.
Amitai Etzioni.
5. The Debasing of Education.
Barry Schwartz.
Part III: SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND POVERTY.
6. The Global Economy and the Privileged Class.
Robert Perrucci and Earl Wysong.
7. Inheritance and Privilege.
Thomas M. Shapiro.
8. Why Are People Poor in America.
Harrell R. Rodgers, Jr.
9. The Silver Spoon: Inheritance and the Staggered Start.
Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller, Jr.
Part IV: SOCIAL PROBLEMS: WORK AND UNEMPLOYMENT.
10. Reshaping the Contours of the New Economy.
Stephen Sweet and Peter Meiksins.
11. The Economic Plight of Inner City Black Males.
William Julius Wilson.
12. The Vanishing Middle Class.
Griff Witte.
13. The Demeaning of Work.
Barry Schwartz.
Part V: SOCIAL PROBLEMS: RACIAL AND ETHNIC INEQUALITY.
14. Laissez-Faire Racism.
Lawrence D. Bobo and Ryan A. Smith.
15. Latino Lives in a Changing America.
Roberto Suro.
16. Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in 21st-Century America.
John E. Farley and Gregory D. Squires.
17. Group Justice in the 21st Century.
Amy L. Wax.
Part VI: SOCIAL PROBLEMS: IMMIGRATION.
18. Immigration and Race in the United States.
John Iceland.
19. The New Case Against Immigration.
Mark Krikorion.
20. Understanding the World of New Slavery.
Kevin Bales.
21. Hmong American Youth.
Stacy J. Lee.
22. Immigrants’ Preconceptions of Race.
Beth Frankel Merenstein.
Part VII: SOCIAL PROBLEMS: GENDER INEQUALITY AND ISSUES IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
23. Flat Broke with Children.
Sharon Hays.
24. Selling Women Short: Inequality and Wall Street.
Louise Marie Roth.
25. The Betrayal of the American Man.
Susan Faludi.
26. African American Girls, Inequality, and Violence.
Jody Miller.
27. Homosexuality and American Citizenship.
Michael Bronski.
Part VIII: SOCIAL PROBLEMS: CRIME AND DRUGS.
28. Violence and the Inner-City Code.
Elijah Anderson.
29. White Collar Crime.
Stephen M. Rosoff and Robert Tillman.
30. Drugs: America’s Holy War.
Arthur Benavie.
31. Death by a Thousand Little Cuts: Studies of the Impact of Incarceration.
Todd R. Clear.
32. Devah Pager.
Mass Incarceration and the Problems of Prisoner Reentry.
Part IX: SOCIAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE FAMILY.
33. Divorce in Perspective.
Stephanie Coontz.
34. What’s Wrong with Child Care in America.
Barbara Bergmann and Suzanne Helburn.
35. The Fragmentation of the Poor Black Family: Culture vs. Structure.
William Julius Wilson.
36. Homelessness in America.
National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Part X: SOCIAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO EDUCATION.
37. Social Class and Education.
Annette Lareau and Elliot B. Weininger.
38. What No School Can Do.
James Traub.
39. The Shame of the Nation.
Jonathan Kozol.
40. Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh.
Gerald Grant.
41. The College Dropout Boom.
Part XI: SOCIAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO HEALTH CARE.
42. New Realities, New Risks: Uninsured in America.
Katherine Swartz.
43. Protection of the Least Well-off.
Charles J. Dougherty.
44. Social Policy in Health Care: Europe and the United States.
James Russell.
Part XII: SOCIAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS, VIOLENCE, AND TERRORISM.
45. The Corporation as Invisible Government.
Charles A. Reich.
46. The U. S. Global Military Empire.
Michael Parenti.
47. War Without Exits.
Andrew Bacevich.
48. The Global Rise of Religious Violence.
Mark Juergensmeyer.
49. White Male Militia.
Abby L. Ferber and Michael S. Kimmel.
50. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear.
David Atheide.
51. Genocide: Memory, Forgetting, and Denial.
Adam Jones.
Part XIII: SOCIAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT.
52. Climate Change: Running Out, Running Down.
Anthony Giddens.
53. A Very Special Moment.
Bill McKibben.
54. The Crisis and Opportunity of Katrina.
John Powell, Hasan Kwame, Chester Hatman, and Gregory Squires.
55. Haiti: A Survivor’s Story.
Laura Wagner.
56. The Elderly: A Demographic Tidal Wave.
Laurence Kotlokoff and Scott Burns.

What's New

  • The fourth edition of SOCIAL PROBLEMS: READINGS WITH FOUR QUESTIONS comes with twenty-five new articles, each with a renewed emphasis on inequalities of race, social class, and gender as well as other intractable and topical social problems such as consumerism, the immigration conundrum, terrorism and its political responses, our current health care dilemma, and natural disasters as a social problem.
  • The fourth edition includes two entirely new sections on the social problems of American culture and with immigration.
  • The section on American culture takes on the current economic crisis by linking it to the American Dream ideology, to the cultural goal of profligate consumerism, and to market-dominant values that have seeped into all arenas of our life-worlds.
  • The section on immigration introduces students to the major controversies and theories that leading immigration scholars are debating: discourses that will broaden their understanding of this important part of American history and contemporary society.

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111771324 | ISBN-13: 9781111771324)

This new resource manual will provide video suggestions, Web and news resources, analysis and reference to social issues and groups, and suggests how students can productively become involve in social issues covered in the each chapter.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joel M. Charon

Joel M. Charon is a successful author and a professor of sociology at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has published numerous textbooks and readers, and TEN QUESTIONS: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE has gone through three editions. He is a member of the ASA and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Lee G. Vigilant

Lee G. Vigilant is a professor at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College (1995).