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 2: Barriers, Possibilities, and How Sociology Can Help
Barriers, Possibilities, and How Sociology Can Help
There are a number of barriers that prevent us from solving our social problems or that at least slow us down in making progress toward solving our social problems. At the same time, possibilities for solving our social problems are available. In this chapter I point out these barriers and possibilities so that you can become more aware of a number of the key factors that influence the solving of social problems. Note that our discussion of these barriers and possibilities might not, and probably does not, exhaust all of the factors that influence the solving of social problems. However, many sociologists would probably agree that these are key factors in solving ...