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Understanding Social Problems, 9th 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: 1285746503  |  ISBN-13: 9781285746500
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • © 2015 | Published
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This thoroughly revised edition of Mooney, Knox, and Schacht's text uses a theoretically balanced, student-centered approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of social problems. UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS, Ninth Edition, progresses from a micro to macro level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as health care, drugs and alcohol, and family problems, and then broadening to the larger issues of poverty and inequality, population growth, aging, 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 and the consequences of the problem, as well as alternative solutions, are explored. Pedagogical features such as “Animals and Society,” “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.

Features and 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 is 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.
  • The “Animals in Society” boxes expose readers to the qualitative assessments that researchers make in sociology. This exciting emerging area of study examines the relationship between humans and animals in the sociological context.

Table of Contents

Part I: SOCIOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
1. Thinking about Social Problems.
Part II: PROBLEMS OF WELL-BEING.
2. Physical and Mental Health and Health Care.
3. Alcohol and Other Drugs.
4. Crime and Social Control.
5. Family Problems.
Part III: PROBLEMS OF INEQUALITY.
6. Economic Inequality, Wealth, and Poverty.
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 Aging.
13. Environmental Problems.
14. Science and Technology.
15. Conflict, War, and Terrorism.

What's New

  • Chapter 2, “Physical and Mental Health and Health Care,” has been completely revamped to describe the latest controversies in health care and draw more correlations between socioeconomic status and health. New sections include a discussion of life expectancy by income level and country, examination of health behaviors in the U.S., and an analysis of efforts to improve nutrition and sanitation in impoverished countries around the world.
  • The “Photo Essay” boxes visually depict 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 a new photo essay on Globesity, which illustrates how rising incomes and development are impacting weight around the world.
  • A new box, “Social Problems Research Up Close: Texting Healthy Lifestyle Messages to Teens,” follows a case in which researchers tested different ways to educate and spark enthusiasm for personal nutrition with high school students.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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, in addition to authoring several books. 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 Child Development and Family Relations, is Instructor Emeritus at East Carolina University. She retired from a career teaching sociology to become a certified Romana's Pilates instructor. She is co-author of several textbooks and balances her time writing and revising, teaching Pilates in her home studio, and writing children's verses and songs for her grandchildren.