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Social Problems

Social Problems
A Service Learning Approach

Social Problems

August 2010 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


“This book empowers the powerless and gives sociologists and their students a new vantage point for understanding.”
—Judith Blau, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

In Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach, authors Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker integrate an innovative case study approach into a comprehensive introduction that helps students understand how they can address social problems in their communities by applying basic theories and concepts.

Contributor to the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award

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Introduction. What are Social Problems and What Do Sociologists Do About Them?
1. Do We Make the World or Does the World Make Us? Concepts and Theories
2. Who Has, Who Hasn’t? Looking for Answers to Poverty, Inequality, and Homelessness
3. On the Job: Work, Workers and the Changing Nature of Labor
4. What Price Justice? Deviance, Crime and Building Community
5. Be it Ever So Humble: Changing Families in a Changing World
6. Who Breathes Easy? Protecting and Designing Our Environments
7. Why Can’t Johnny Read? Education in Crisis
8. Finding Ourselves: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Multiculturalism, and Identity
9. An Apple a Day? Health and Healthcare for All
10. The Whole Wide World Around: Globalization and Its Discontents

“This book empowers the powerless and gives sociologists and their students a new vantage point for understanding.”

Judith Blau
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Rich in examples of real service learning projects, this fresh look at social problems provides a unique text--both theoretical and practical—resulting in an exquisite book for service-learning courses of all kinds.”

Dwight E. Giles Jr.
New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“If you want to go beyond what's wrong to what you can do about it, get this book.”

Randy Stoecker
University of Wisconsin Madison

The most interesting part of this book is the clear structure and use of various case studies. Very interesting is that the book contains chapters untypical for the books on social problems (about environment and multiculturalism).

Mr Andrzej Klimczuk
Social Science , Warsaw School of Economics
August 14, 2015

Did not like approach to applying sociological imagination. Lacks effective layout of content for my syllabi. Too much practical approaches and not enough theory in my personal opinion. Enjoying using service learning pair with constructionist text for social problems. Too structural of a approach

Mr Taylor Cannon
Social Behavioral Science Dept, Mendocino College
January 9, 2015

Content has excellent theory integration and additional materials for faculty as well as students are substantive and relevant for this course.

Mr Joseph Ely
Anthropology Sociology Dept, California State University - Bakersfield
October 22, 2013

The service learning/community focus made this decision easy! I'm looking forward to redesigning the course for use with this text.

Again, "relevant" not "relevent."

Professor M Sheridan Embser-Herbert
Sociology Dept, Hamline University
May 10, 2011

I will use this when I teach Social Problems next year. I have passed it on to my colleague who is teaching Social Problems now.

Dr Shelley Koch
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Emory and Henry College
March 31, 2011
Key features

Key Features

  • Engaging chapter-opening case studies immediately draw students into the discussion of the specific social problem addressed in that chapter.
  • Each chapter includes a detailed set of definitions and statistical portraits of problems ranging from social and economic inequality to institutional inequalities in health, education, crime, and families.
  • Historical segments trace how particular problems evolved and how various social movements have fundamentally shifted the nature and parameter of these problems.
  • Each chapter concludes with additional case studies of students involved in service learning or community research projects. Each of these case studies includes questions asking students to apply concepts and theories covered in the chapter to the specific situation outlined in that case.
  • The end-of-chapter feature "Voices From the Field" highlights a particular individual who is currently working to address the root causes of social problems. Other end-of-chapter features include chapter summary questions, a selective glossary and a list of helpful internet sites.

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