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 12: How Can We Solve the World's Population Problem?
How Can We Solve the World's Population Problem?
We, as humans, have a big problem. We are increasing our world's population very quickly and have been doing so for the past 100 years. Our world's population is doubling at a rate of every 58 years.1 This would not be so bad if we had just a few million people on Earth. Instead, we have more than 6 billion people, and the last 3 billion people have been born during the past 50 years!
If we continue at the current rate of doubling the world's population, we could have 12 billion people by around the middle of this century; if you happen to be a 20-year-old college student, this means ...