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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Solving Our Social Problems: Predictions and Conclusions

Solving our social problems: Predictions and conclusions

What can we say about the future of solving our social problems, especially from a sociological point of view? Based on what we have discussed in previous chapters, we can make a number of predictions. As we discuss these predictions, keep in mind our theory of conflict and social change, the accompanying theoretical propositions, and the causal model as a way to understand what will happen during the coming years vis-à-vis our social problems and how and to what degree we will solve these social problems.

A Number of Similar Social Conditions

First, many of the social conditions for each of the social problems we have discussed have remained the same. For example, our ...

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