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California's Social Problems

Second Edition
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Social Movements

October 2001 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

California. The mere mention of the name conjures up thoughts and images as diverse as the state itself. With the geographic size, population, and economy to be a thriving country, California is unique. But are its social problems unique or do they represent issues shared, today and in the future, with the other forty nine states and the global community? The editors and authors of California's Social Problems shed light on these questions and others in their fascinating analyses of a variety of social situations, policies, and trends in the Golden State.

This highly readable book is organized into four sections, each focusing on major challenges to California's communities, to its residents' sexuality and health, to its institutions, and to population growth and the resultant environmental impacts. Each section has a comprehensive introduction that sets the stage and summarizes the chapters to come. The chapter essays are consistently organized to provide a thorough overview of the social problems, along with a historical perspective for each. Incisive chapters on topics such as homelessness, the gay and lesbian movement for equal rights, race and ethnic relations, family problems, welfare reform, and natural disasters will not only inform students in California's colleges and universities, but will be of interest to others near and far.

If, as some feel, a great many fads, trends, and problems originate in California, to later surface in other parts of the U.S., then this book will be of great use in helping readers to think critically about social phenomena in California that will likely have national and even global importance in coming years.


Earl Babbie
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
Prologue
 
Part I - Challenges to California Communities
Ronald W. Fagan
Chapter 1 - Homlessness
Homelessness in the United States and California  
Alternative Explanations for Homelessness in California  
Future Prospects for Homelessness in California  
Solutions to the Problem of Homelessness  
Conclusion  
Anne Hendershott
Chapter 2 - Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Gangs
California's Historical Roots of Juvenile Crime and Justice  
California's Urban Youth Gangs: Social Problem or Moral Panic?  
Theories on the Causes of California Gang Delinquency  
Ethnicity and Juvenile Crime in California  
Increased Minority Confinement Rates in California and the Nation  
Solutions to the Problem of Juvenile Delinquency and Gangs  
Phylis Cancilla Martinelli
Chapter 3 - Race and Ethnic Relations
The History of Race Relations in California  
Race Relations in California Today  
Race Relations in California as Compared to Those in the United States  
California's Problem in Global Context  
Alternative Explanations for Race Relations in California  
Future Prospects for Race Relations in California  
Solutions to the Problem of Race Relations  
 
Part II - Challenges to Sexuality and Health
Peter M. Nardi
Chapter 4 - Resisting Heterosexism and Homophobia: The Gay and Lesbian Movement for Equal Rights
A History of Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance  
Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California Today  
Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California as Compared With the United States  
Lesbian and Gay Issues in a Global Context  
Alternative Explanations for Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California  
Future Prospects for Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California  
Solutions to the Problem of Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance  
Kevin D. Kelley
Chapter 5 - HIV/AIDS
The Basic Science  
History of HIV/AIDS in California  
Course of HIV Infection in California  
The Problem of HIV/AIDS in California Today  
Comparison of California's Situation to the United States  
California's Problem in a Global Context  
Alternative Explanations for the Spread of HIV and AIDS  
Future Prospects: AIDS Projections in California  
Possible Solutions to AIDS in California  
 
Part III - Challenges to California Institutions
Robin Wolf, Robin Franck, and James Glynn
Chapter 6 - Problems of Families
The History of Family Trends in California  
Family Trends in California Today  
Family Trends in California as Compared to the United States  
Alternative Explanations for Family Trends  
The Family in Global Context  
Future Prospects  
Suggestions for the Future  
Robert Enoch Buck
Chapter 7 - Inequality and Poverty
How Unequal Is It?  
Social Classes and Inequality  
The Causes of Poverty  
Conclusions  
Robert Enoch Buck
Chapter 8 - Poverty and Welfare Reform
The Welfare State  
The Outcomes of Welfare Reform  
Outcomes for Program Participants  
Continuing Problems and Policy Issues  
Conclusions  
James L. Wood and Lorena T. Valenzuela
Chapter 9 - The Continuing Crisis in Higher Education: Threats to California's Master Plan
The Problem in California Today  
Distance Learning as a Strategic Plan  
Related Strategic Plans  
Origin of the Plans: California and the United States  
California's Problem in Global Context  
Alternative Explanations for the Problem  
Future Prospects: What To Do?  
Solutions and Suggestions: Strategies for Distressed Campuses  
Summary and Conclustions  
 
Part IV - Challenges to Growth and the Environment
James A. Glynn and Charles F. Hohm
Chapter 10 - Population Growth and Environmental Degradation
History of Population Growth and Enviornmental Degradation  
The Problem in California Today  
California's Population Compared to the United States  
California's Problem in Global Context  
Alternate Explanations for the Problem  
Future Prospects  
Solutions to the Problems  
Adalberto Aguirre, Jr.
Chapter 11 - Propositions 187 and 227: A Nativist Response to Mexicans
History of the Problem in California  
Nativism in California and the United States  
Mexican Immigrants and Nativism  
California's Immigrant Population  
Immigrants and Work  
Segmentation of Mexican Immigrant Workers  
The Nativistic Context  
Concluding Remarks  
Harvey E. Rich and Loretta I. Winters
Chapter 12 - Disasters
Defining Disaster  
History of Disaster Research  
The California Experience  
California Disasters Compared to the United States  
California, the Developed World, and the Developing World  
Sociological Perspectives for Examining Disaster  
Natural Disasters in California Today  
Planning  
Communication  
The Media  
Emergent Roles and Groups  
Disasters and the Future  
Coping With Disasters  
Conclusion  
James A. Glynn
Epilogue: Deregulating Energy in California
The History of the Problem  
The Problem in California Today  
California's Problem Compared With the United States  
California's Problem in Global Context  
Alternative Explanations for the Problem  
Future Prospects  
Solutions/Suggestions  
 
Glossary and Index
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
Key features
  • No other text is available which focuses on California themes and issues
  • The Editors of the volume and the Contributors of individual chapters are well known and respected in the Calif. sociology teaching community
  • It is short enough to be used in conjunction w/ a standard text or other paperback readings
  • Timely Epilogue on the Californina energy crisis.

 

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