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 Poverty?

How can we solve the problem of poverty?

In this chapter, our focus is on how we can get rid of poverty in the United States. By getting rid of poverty, we mean getting all poor Americans above what the federal government says is the poverty line. For example, the 2009 poverty line for a family of three (for example, a mother and two children) is $18,310, and the 2009 poverty line for a family of four is $22,050 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009). So, the key question of this chapter is as follows: What can we do in our country to get all poor Americans out of poverty or, more specifically, above the poverty ...

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