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 Drugs?

How can we solve the problem of drugs?

There are strongly held, opposing views in the United States on what we should do about our drug problem. Many Americans believe that the current policy of keeping certain drugs illegal—for example, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines—is the best policy, even though a number of users manage to get and take these drugs and still others manage to sell them at a profit. So, even though the current policy is far from foolproof, many Americans believe that keeping certain drugs illegal is still the best policy.

Other Americans are of the opinion that our current drug policy is wrong because it does not allow adults (defined as people who are at ...

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