Chapter 1: Preparing to Solve Our Social Problems
What Is a Social Problem?
History of Studying Social Problems
Teaching About Social Problems in Today’s World
How Can Sociologists Address Social Problems and Yet Remain Objective?
What Social Problem Should We Solve First?
How Might Sociological Theory Help Us to Solve Social Problems?
A Theory of Conflict and Social Change: A Way to Better Understand and Therefore Solve Our Social Problems
Causal Model: A Picture of Our Theory
My Own Theoretical Orientation
Other Sociological Theories That Can Help Us Understand and Solve Social Problems
Concluding Thoughts on Theory and Social Problems
Addressing Social Problems Within Capitalism
Chapter 2: Barriers, Possibilities, and How Sociology Can Help
Barriers to Solving Our Social Problems
Possibilities for Solving Our Social Problems
How Can Sociology Help to Solve Social Problems?
Chapter 3: How Can We Solve the Problem of Increasing Inequality?
Definition and Statistics
Causes of Growing Inequality
Consequences of Growing Inequality
Options We Have With Inequality
Chapter 4: How Can We Solve the Problem of Poverty?
Assumptions We Can Make About Solving Poverty
Concluding On an Optimistic Note
Chapter 5: How Can We Solve the Problem of Racial/Ethnic Inequality?
What Might Racial/Ethnic Equality Mean?
Chapter 6: How Can We Solve the Problem of Gender Inequality?
Chapter 7: How Can We Solve the Problem of Unequal Education?
Problems That Prevent Us From Having Excellent Public Schools
What Will Not Work If We Want Excellent Public Education: The Voucher System
Chapter 8: How Can We Solve the Problem of Crime?
A Dilemma: Capitalism and Crime
Chapter 9: How Can We Solve the Problem of Drugs?
Legalize Drugs for Adults
Take a Step-by-Step Approach by Legalizing One Drug at a Time
Chapter 10: How Can We Solve the Problem of Health Care?
Consequences of Our Problem
Why Don’t We Have a Health Care System That Covers All Citizens Like All Other Industrial Nations?
Criteria for a Health Care System For All Americans
How We Could Implement These Criteria
Advantages of Health Care For All Americans
Disadvantages of Health Care For All Americans
What Other Countries Include in Their National Health Care Systems
The Future: What Could Happen?
Summer and Fall 2009 and Winter 2010: Finally, Serious Debate
March 21, 2010: Health Care Reform Passes Congress
Chapter 11: How Can We Solve the Problems of Families?
Decreasing Inequality to Help Families
Decreasing Poverty to Help Families
Creating Enough Jobs and Enough Decent-Paying Jobs to Help Families
Creating Racial and Ethnic Equality to Help Families
Creating Gender Equality to Help Families
Including Gay and Lesbian Couples to Help Families
Decreasing Crime to Help Families
Changing the Way We Deal With Drugs to Help Families
Creating a National Health Care System to Help Families
Creating Good-Quality Education for All Students to Help Families
Educating Students to Help Families
Educating Parents to Help Families
Summary of What We Can Do to Help Families
Chapter 12: How Can We Solve the World’s Population Problem?
Causes of the World’s Population Problem
Chapter 13: How Can We Solve the World’s Environmental Problem?
Chapter 14: Solving Our Social Problems: Predictions and Conclusions
A Number of Similar Social Conditions
Defining a Social Condition as a Social Problem
Values and Vested Interests
Loss of Control Over the Social Problem
Someone Will Be Dissatisfied
Becoming Accustomed to Social Change
Capitalism and Social Problems
Environment, Population, and Standard of Living
Building a Sustainable Society