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 Crime?

How can we solve the problem of crime?

You may think as we begin this chapter that I am going to suggest building more prisons and adding more police, investigators, judges, courtrooms, and probation and parole officers. No, I do not go in that direction to recommend ways to decrease the crime we have in our country. I go in another direction of ways to decrease our crime, and I say more about this shortly.

You also may think that I am going to address all crime. No, I do not do that. I focus on the crimes that have social causes (versus psychological causes) and that are related to the influences of poverty, inequality, and racial/ethnic and gender ...

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