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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How Can We Solve the Problems of Families?

How can we solve the problems of families?

You might ask why I put the chapter on solving the problems of families after all of these other chapters. I did this for a specific reason. If we can solve or ameliorate many of the social problems that we have just discussed, we can go a long way toward solving the problems of American families. Let me show you how solving or ameliorating these social problems will greatly help our families.

Decreasing Inequality to Help Families

As we discussed in Chapter 3, the United States has the most inequality of any industrialized country, and our inequality continues to widen. As you recall, we mentioned that our chief executive officers earn the ...

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