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 Problem of Increasing Inequality?

How can we solve the problem of increasing inequality?

One of the biggest social problems in the United States, as well as around the world, is the problem of growing inequality. In this chapter, I define inequality, present statistics on it and how it is growing, note some of its key causes and consequences, and suggest what we can do about it. Do we want to continue to increase inequality? Do we want to maintain the current amount of inequality? Do we want to decrease inequality in the United States and in the world? As you read this chapter, keep these three questions in mind and think about what you believe we should do.

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