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How Can We Solve Our Social Problems?

How Can We Solve Our Social Problems?

Second Edition

May 2010 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


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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1. Preparing to Solve Our Social Problems
2. Barriers, Possibilities, and How Sociology Can Help
3. How Can We Solve the Problem of Increasing Inequality?
4. How Can We Solve the Problem of Poverty?
5. How Can We Solve the Problem of Racial/Ethnic Inequality?
6. How Can We Solve the Problem of Gender Inequality?
7. How Can We Solve the Problem of Unequal Education?
8. How Can We Solve the Problem of Crime?
9. How Can We Solve the Problem of Drugs?
10. How Can We Solve the Problem of Health Care?
11. How Can We Solve the Problems of Families?
12. How Can We Solve the World’s Population Problem?
13. How Can We Solve the World’s Environmental Problem?
14. Solving Our Social Problems: Predictions and Conclusions

The most interesting part of this book is an introduction to social problems from a different approach than standard textbooks in the field. This book draws attention mainly on rational solutions to social problems. Although the book includes an analysis mainly from the perspective of the United States, it may also be useful as a reference material for teachers and researchers in other countries.

Mr Andrzej Klimczuk
Collegium of Socio-Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
January 19, 2015

Feedback from another professor proved the students disliked the textbook in their course.

Professor Richard Harris III
Fine Appld Arts Behav Sci Div, Solano Community College
February 17, 2014

This is a useful textbook in that it supplies mostly reasonable solutions to existing social problems.

Dr James Maples
Behavioral Sciences, University of Tennessee - Martin
May 26, 2013

I was looking for a supplementary book for my Social Problems class. This book was too involved and I need one to focus on a specific problem such as globalization.

Mrs JoAnn Worthington Worthington
Social Behavioral Science Dept, Joliet Junior College
August 8, 2012

Found other text

Mrs Libbey Cates
Business Social Science Div, Gillette College
December 23, 2011

I was looking for a more traditional social problems textbook. This textbook would be a good supplement, if I had more time to use it or slightly better students who could take on an extra book.

Mr Richard Adams
Sociology Dept, Kent State University
June 24, 2011

Practical approach focused on addressing problems with appropriate policy and social action.

Dr Charles Phillips
International College, University of Bridgeport
March 8, 2011

I like the way each chapter looks at a social problem from the four theoretical perspectives.

Angela Jones
Sociology Dept, Elon University
March 3, 2011

Absolutely wonderful and students really love the book!

Dr Phyllis Gray-Ray
Sociology Crim Justice Dept, Florida A & M University
February 16, 2011

I like this text very much but need a bit more content to adopt it as a stand alone text for students who are new to sociology.

Dr Diane Hardgrave
Sociology, Nevdada State College Henderson
October 1, 2010
Key features

Key Features:

  • Addresses social problems proactively, leaving students with a sense of hope rather than hopelessness
  • Illustrates how solving even one social problem can help ameliorate other social problems.
  • Gives students the continuity of a text from an award-winning professor who is "in the trenches" with them, trying to figure out how to improve the social world
  • Presents the author's own theory of conflict and social change to help readers more readily see each social problem and potential solutions.
  • Encourages students to think sociologically by tying each social problem back to a theoretical perspective

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ISBN: 9781412978101

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