Giving specific and realistic suggestions for addressing our society's pervasive social problems
Updated with recent issues such as the national debate on health care reform, this Second Edition of How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? gives students a sense of hope by demonstrating specific, realistic steps we can take to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout and helps students realize that we can take steps to solve such key social problems as poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, unequal education, and environmental issues. The book's first two chapters define “social problem,,” provide a theoretical background, discuss the daunting barriers we face in attempting to solve social problems, and demonstrate how sociology can help.
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Chapter 1: Preparing to Solve Our Social Problems
Preparing to Solve Our Social Problems
Have you ever been concerned about a social problem? I imagine that you have. You may have been concerned about poverty, racial/ethnic inequality, or the inequality between men and women. Well, you are not alone. Many other Americans and people in other countries are also concerned about these and other social problems. One way to address these concerns is to read about and study social problems and think about how we might address these problems realistically. This book is a good place to start.
Before we begin to study specific social problems and consider how we can solve them, we need to learn a few things that will provide a base or foundation on which ...