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Understanding Social Problems, 8th Edition

  • Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D.
  • David Knox, Ph.D.
  • Caroline Schacht, M.A.
  • ISBN-10: 1111834482
  • ISBN-13: 9781111834487
  • 704 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

This thoroughly revised edition of Mooney, Knox, and Schacht's text uses a theoretically balanced, student-centered approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of social problems. The text progresses from a micro- to macro-level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as health care, drugs and alcohol, and family problems, and then broadening to the larger issues of poverty and inequality, population growth, aging, environmental problems, and conflict around the world. The social problem in each chapter is framed in a global as well as U.S. context. In every chapter, the three major theoretical perspectives are applied to the social problem under discussion. Further, the consequences of the problem, as well as alternative solutions, are explored. Pedagogical features such as "Animals and Society," "The Human Side," and "Self and Society" enable students to grasp how social problems affect the lives of individuals and apply their understanding of social problems to their own lives.

Features

  • The Photo Essay feature visually depicts aspects of social problems on a national and global scale, providing compelling and memorable presentations of topics such as food safety and global warming and climate change to inspire student interest and encourage class discussion.

  • The text organizes topics into four primary sections: Sociology and the Study of Social Problems, Problems of Well-Being, Problems of Inequality, and Problems of Globalization, supporting seamless progress from micro- to macro-level analysis and helping students to steadily build their knowledge and confidence with the material.

  • Full coverage of social problem issues related to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation is included, along with integrated coverage of feminist theory, ensuring that material will likely be relevant and interesting to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and interests.

  • "Self and Society" features throughout the text present social surveys designed to help students assess their own attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, or behavior regarding some aspect of a social problem, while "The Human Side" features provide other perspectives by describing the personal experiences of individuals affected by social problems.

  • "Social Problems Research Up Close" features provide examples of social science research to demonstrate the sociological enterprise from theory and data collection to findings and conclusions, offering students a valuable understanding of how research in the social sciences occurs in the real world.

About the Author

Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D.

Linda A. Mooney, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In addition to social problems, her specialties include law, criminology, and juvenile delinquency. She has published over 30 professional articles in such journals as Social Forces, Sociological Inquiry, Sex Roles, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology, in addition to authoring several books. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of North Carolina, Board of Governor's Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award.

David Knox, Ph.D.

David Knox, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at East Carolina University, where he teaches courtship and marriage; marriage and the family; and sociology of human sexuality. He is a marriage and family therapist as well as the author or co-author of 12 books and over 100 professional articles.

Caroline Schacht, M.A.

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Child Development and Family Relations, is Instructor Emeritus at East Carolina University. She retired from a career teaching sociology to become a certified Romana's Pilates instructor. She is co-author of several textbooks and balances her time writing and revising, teaching Pilates in her home studio, and writing children's verses and songs for her grandchildren.

Table of Contents

1. Thinking about Social Problems.
2. Physical and Mental Health and Health Care.
3. Alcohol and Other Drugs.
4. Crime and Social Control.
5. Family Problems.
6. Poverty and Economic Inequality.
7. Work and Unemployment.
8. Problems in Education.
9. Race, Ethnicity and Immigration.
10. Gender Inequality.
11. Sexual Orientation and the Struggle for Equality.
12. Population Growth and Aging.
13. Environmental Problems.
14. Science and Technology.
15. Conflict, War, and Terrorism.

New to this edition

  • This edition's larger trim size improves the book's readability and enhances its visual appeal.
  • In this eighth edition, the authors have raised the importance of mental health and social problems as discussed in Chapter 2, "Physical and Mental Health and Health Care."
  • Coverage of aging has been added to discussion of population in a new Chapter 12, "Population Growth and Aging."
  • A new feature, "Animals and Society," looks at an area of increasing sociological research, the interactions of animals and human society and the contributions animals make toward humans. Examples include "Improving Mental Health through Animal-Assisted Therapy" (Chapter 2), "Pets and Domestic Violence" (Chapter 5), "Pet Overpopulation in the United States" (Chapter 12), and "Animals and Society: The Use of Animals in Scientific Research" (Chapter 14).
  • New "Turning to Video" sections at the end of each chapter select a video from the Wadsworth Sociology Videos that highlight the content of that chapter.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Understanding Social Problems  (ISBN-10: 1111837732 | ISBN-13: 9781111837730)

This thoroughly revised edition of Mooney, Knox, and Schacht's text uses a theoretically balanced, student-centered approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of social problems. The text progresses from a micro- to macro-level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as health care, drugs and alcohol, and family problems, and then broadening to the larger issues of poverty and inequality, population growth, aging, environmental problems, and conflict around the world. The social problem in each chapter is framed in a global as well as U.S. context. In every chapter, the three major theoretical perspectives are applied to the social problem under discussion. Further, the consequences of the problem, as well as alternative solutions, are explored. Pedagogical features such as "Animals and Society," "The Human Side," and "Self and Society" enable students to grasp how social problems affect the lives of individuals and apply their understanding of social problems to their own lives.

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 1111837767 | ISBN-13: 9781111837761)

Each chapter of the study guide includes a brief chapter outline, learning objectives, a key terms matching exercise, a fill-in-the-blank chapter review, student worksheets, Internet activities, InfoTrac® exercises, and practice tests consisting of multiple-choice and true/false questions with answers and page references, as well as short answer questions and essay questions with page references to enhance and test your understanding of chapter concepts.

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1111837775 | ISBN-13: 9781111837778)

PowerLecture instructor resources are a collection of book-specific lecture and class tools on either CD or DVD. The fastest and easiest way to build powerful, customized media-rich lectures, PowerLecture assets include chapter-specific PowerPoint® presentations, images, animations and video, instructor manuals, Test Banks, useful web links and more. PowerLecture media-teaching tools are an effective way to enhance the educational experience.

Interactive Quizzing  (ISBN-10: 1133102425 | ISBN-13: 9781133102427)
CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 111197196X | ISBN-13: 9781111971960)

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Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within your Course Management System. Students gain access to a full array of study tools, including learning objectives, chapter-specific quizzing material, flashcards, and videos. With WebTutor™, instructors can provide virtual office hours, post syllabi, track student progress with the quizzing material, and even customize the content to suit their needs.

ABC Video - Social Problems, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 0495004529 | ISBN-13: 9780495004523)

This series of videos comprised of footage from ABC broadcasts is specially selected and arranged to accompany your Social Problems course. The segments may be used in conjunction with Wadsworth's Social Problems texts to help provide a real-world example to illustrate course concepts, or to instigate discussion. ABC Videos feature short, high-interest clips from current news events, as well as historic raw footage going back 40 years. Clips are drawn from such programs as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Nightline, as well as numerous ABC News specials and material from the Associated Press Television News and British Movietone News collections. Contact your Cengage representative for a complete listing of videos and policies.

ABC DVD - Marriage & Family, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 049509529X | ISBN-13: 9780495095293)

ABC Videos feature short, high interest clips from current news events as well as historic raw footage going back 40 years. Clips are drawn from such programs as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Nightline, as well as numerous ABC News specials and material from the Associated Press Television News and British Movietone News collections. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for a complete listing of videos and policies.

Social Problems: Readings with Four Questions  (ISBN-10: 1111185956 | ISBN-13: 9781111185954)

A unique and groundbreaking collection of fifty-four articles organized in eleven thematic sections, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: READINGS WITH FOUR QUESTIONS, Fourth Edition, combines a rigorous structural/conflict approach with a strong emphasis on the real-life experiences of those impacted by social problems. The articles include both classic and contemporary readings covering a wide range of issues in the United States and around the world. The introductory article, written by Joel M. Charon, introduces four questions that students are urged to apply throughout the reader: What is the problem? What makes the problem a “social problem”? What causes the problem? What can be done? These questions give students a consistent sociological framework to help them analyze the readings and think critically about social problems. The articles have been painstakingly selected to hold student interest while illuminating key topics; most come from books and trade publications rather than dry academic journals. As a whole, the collection powerfully explores a wide range of contemporary social problems while providing the tools and context to help students think sociologically about the social problems around us.

Student Supplements

Understanding Social Problems  (ISBN-10: 1111837732 | ISBN-13: 9781111837730)

Mooney, Knox, and Schacht's thoroughly updated UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS uses a theoretically balanced, student-centered approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of social problems. The text progresses from a micro- to macro-level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as illness and health care, drugs and alcohol, and family problems, and then broadening to the larger issues of poverty and inequality, population growth, aging, environmental problems, and conflict around the world. The social problem in each chapter is framed in a global as well as U.S. context. In every chapter, the three major theoretical perspectives are applied to the social problem under discussion. Further, the consequences of the problem, as well as alternative solutions, are explored. Pedagogical features such as "Animals and Society," "The Human Side," and "Self and Society" enable you to grasp how social problems affect the lives of individuals and apply your understanding of social problems to your own life.

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 1111837767 | ISBN-13: 9781111837761)

Written by Gary Titchener of Des Moines Area Community College, each chapter of the study guide includes a brief chapter outline, learning objectives, a key terms matching exercise, a fill-in-the-blank chapter review, student worksheets, Internet activities, InfoTrac® exercises, and practice tests consisting of multiple-choice and true/false questions with answers and page references, as well as short answer questions and essay questions with page references to enhance and test your understanding of chapter concepts.

Interactive Quizzing  (ISBN-10: 1133102425 | ISBN-13: 9781133102427)
CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 111197196X | ISBN-13: 9781111971960)

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WebTutor™ on WebCT with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 113310259X | ISBN-13: 9781133102595)

Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within your Course Management System. Students gain access to a full array of study tools, including learning objectives, chapter-specific quizzing material, flashcards, and videos. With WebTutor™, instructors can provide virtual office hours, post syllabi, track student progress with the quizzing material, and even customize the content to suit their needs.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133102603 | ISBN-13: 9781133102601)

Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within your Course Management System. Students gain access to a full array of study tools, including learning objectives, chapter-specific quizzing material, flashcards, and videos. With WebTutor™, instructors can provide virtual office hours, post syllabi, track student progress with the quizzing material, and even customize the content to suit their needs.

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Interactive practice quizzes designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. True/false and multiple choice questions are included for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards are already included.

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Quizzes are effective study aids especially when you only have a limited amount of time. These quizzes work with your title and can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, quizzes are already included.

Quizzing with Flash Cards Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285789016 | ISBN-13: 9781285789019)

Interactive practice quizzes and flashcards designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. Flashcards contain terms and definitions for each chapter. Practice quizzes consist of true/false and multiple choice questions for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, practice quizzes and flashcards are already included.

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Flash cards and quizzes are effective study aids especially when you only have a limited amount of time. These flash cards and quizzes work with your title and can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards and quizzes are already included.

Social Problems: Readings with Four Questions  (ISBN-10: 1111185956 | ISBN-13: 9781111185954)

A unique and groundbreaking collection of fifty-four articles organized in eleven thematic sections, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: READINGS WITH FOUR QUESTIONS, Fourth Edition, combines a rigorous structural/conflict approach with a strong emphasis on the real-life experiences of those impacted by social problems. The articles include both classic and contemporary readings covering a wide range of issues in the United States and around the world. The introductory article, written by Joel M. Charon, introduces four questions that students are urged to apply throughout the reader: What is the problem? What makes the problem a “social problem”? What causes the problem? What can be done? These questions give students a consistent sociological framework to help them analyze the readings and think critically about social problems. The articles have been painstakingly selected to hold student interest while illuminating key topics; most come from books and trade publications rather than dry academic journals. As a whole, the collection powerfully explores a wide range of contemporary social problems while providing the tools and context to help students think sociologically about the social problems around us.