This text encourages undergraduates to think about social problems in a critical, scientific way. Chapters are presented in sections on institutions, inequality, conformity and deviance, and problems of a changing world. Learning features include boxed readings on positive developments, personal insights by those affected by a particular problem, and pro and con debates on controversial issues. This eighth edition adds material on social problems in other countries for comparison with the situation in the US. The authors teach sociology at California Polytechnic State University.
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A color-illustrated textbook that opens with an overview of the sociological tools and perspectives that are used in the study of social problems. It then disusses fundamental changes and problems in four basic social institutions--the economy, government, education, and family--before examining more specific topics, such as health care and poverty. This updated edition adds two new features: "Signs of Hope" boxes and "Personal Perspectives" boxes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)