Social Problems in a Diverse Society

Series
Pearson
Author
Diana Kendall  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
6
Language
English
Total pages
496
Pub.-date
March 2012
ISBN13
9780205152902
ISBN
0205152902
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Description

Examining the significance of race, class, and gender in understanding social problems.

Social Problems in a Diverse Society uses critical thinking and personal narratives from real people to make the study of social problems interesting and relevant to today's students. 

This book focuses on the United States but also integrates discussion of global social problems.

Social Problems in a Diverse Society uses sociological perspectives to analyze current social problems.  It offers a balanced approach and explores three classic paradigms and feminist theory.

 

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This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience-for you and your students. Here's how:

  • Personalize Learning- The new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engages experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with education expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking-Critical thinking questions found at the beginning and end of every chapter help students use the sociological imagination.
  • Engage Students-Personal narratives and the author's conversational tone pull students into the topics.  
  • Explore Theory-The text's balanced approach encourages students to use many contemporary theoretical perspectives to analyze social problems.
  • Support Instructors-A full set of supplements, including an Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint presentation, provide instructors with the support they need.

Features

 EXAMINING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

  • Race, class, and gender are intertwined in the discussion of social problems throughout the text.
  • Social problems are placed in a larger inequality framework.
  • New technologies are discussed in relation to the affect they have on social life and how the media depicts social issues.
  • Updated statistics are incorporated throughout the text.
  • New research is incorporated in every chapter.

PERSONALIZE LEARNING WITH NEW MYSOCLAB

  • The new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • The Pearson eText lets students access their textbook anytime, anywhere, and any way they want-including listening online or downloading to iPad.
  • A personalized study plan for each student, based on Bloom's Taxonomy, arranges content from less complex thinking-like remembering and understanding-to more complex critical thinking-like applying and analyzing. This layered approach promotes better critical-thinking skills, and helps students succeed in the course and beyond.
  • Social Explorer offers interactive Census data, from 1790 to the present, to help students understand, and perform their own, research. Social Explorer media assignments help students learn how to analyze quantitative data, as well as to see how sociology applies to their own lives.
  • Three key MyLab features are called-out in each chapter to further connect students to the material: Explore, Read, and Watch.
  • Assessment tied to every video, application, and chapter enables both instructors and students to track progress and get immediate feedback. With results feeding into a powerful gradebook, the assessment program helps instructors identify student challenges early-and find the best resources with which to help students.
  • An assignment calendar allows instructors to assign graded activities, with specific deadlines, and measure student progress.
  • ClassPrep collects the very best class presentation resources in one convenient online destination, so instructors can keep students engaged throughout every class.

IMPROVE CRITICAL THINKING 

  • The pedagogy in the chapter helps students develop critical thinking skills:
    • New Thinking Sociologically feature, 5-6 learning objectives which start each chapter, guide students through the material and provide an overview of major topics (ex. pg. 1).
    • New“Did You Know?” questions at the beginning of each chapter give students several points to think about as they read the chapter (ex. pg. 25).
    • “Critical Thinking and You” boxes encourage students to use the sociological imagination in thinking and answering questions about social issues (ex. pg. 79).
    • Questions for Critical Thinking at the end of each chapter help students to prepare for exams and challenge them to form their own opinion on issues (ex. pg. 73).
  • “Social Problems and Social Policy” boxes look at the possibilities and limitations of different strategies for solving problems (ex. pg. 82).
  • “Social Problems and Statistics” boxes consider how statistics are used (or misused) to inform the public about social problems (ex. pg. 109).
  • “Social Problems in Global Perspective” boxes put social problems in a global perspective (ex. pg. 135).
  • A chapter summary, in question-and-answer format,concludes each chapter to help students master the key concepts and main ideas in each chapter (ex. pg. 140).
  • Key terms and major concepts are defined and highlighted in bold print within the text. Definitions are provided the first time a concept is introduced and are also available in the Glossary at the back of the text (ex. pg. 427).
  • New references are included at the back of the book in a second color (ex. pg. 450).

ENGAGE STUDENTS 

  • Lived Experiences throughout each chapter provide authentic, first-person accounts to interest students in the material and show how the problems being discussed affect people as they go about their daily lives (ex. pg. 247).
  • Three key MyLab features are called-out in each chapter to further connect students to the material: Explore, Read, and Watch (ex. pg. 248).
  • "Social Problems in the Media” boxes discuss the media's effect on social problems and how the media portrays social problems (ex. pg. 258).

EXPLORE THEORY

  • Three classic paradigms and feminist theory are incorporated throughout the text.
  • A new “Independent Research” suggestion is included in each chapter to encourage students to engage in personal observation or conduct internet research on social topics.
  • Race, class, and gender are intertwined in the discussion of the specific social problems throughout the entire text.
  • Social problems are placed in a larger inequality framework.

SUPPORT INSTRUCTORS

  • The outstanding supplements package supports a wide range of instructional settings including small discussion groups, large lecture halls, and online or Web-based courses.
  • PowerPoint Presentations are available online for every chapter in the following types of slides: Lecture, Line Art, and/or Clicker Response System.
  • Create a Custom Text - For enrollments of at least 25, create your own textbook by combining chapters from best-selling Pearson textbooks and/or reading selections in the sequence you want.  To begin building your custom text, visit www.pearsoncustomlibrary.com. You may also work with a dedicated Pearson Custom editor to create your ideal text-publishing your own original content or mixing and matching Pearson content. Contact your Pearson Publisher's Representative to get started.

 

New to this Edition

In this Section:

  1. Overview of Changes
  2. Chapter-by-Chapter Changes


1. Overview of Changes

 

EXAMINING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

  • New technologies are discussed in relation to the affect they have on social life and how the media depicts social issues.
  • Updated statistics are incorporated throughout the text.
  • New research is incorporated in every chapter.

PERSONALIZE LEARNING WITH NEW MYSOCLAB

  • The new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • The Pearson eText lets students access their textbook anytime, anywhere, and any way they want-including listening online or downloading to iPad.
  • A personalized study plan for each student, based on Bloom's Taxonomy, arranges content from less complex thinking-like remembering and understanding-to more complex critical thinking-like applying and analyzing. This layered approach promotes better critical-thinking skills, and helps students succeed in the course and beyond.
  • Social Explorer offers interactive Census data, from 1790 to the present, to help students understand, and perform their own, research. Social Explorer media assignments help students learn how to analyze quantitative data, as well as to see how sociology applies to their own lives.
  • Three key MyLab features are called-out in each chapter to further connect students to the material: Explore, Read, and Watch.
  • Assessment tied to every video, application, and chapter enables both instructors and students to track progress and get immediate feedback. With results feeding into a powerful gradebook, the assessment program helps instructors identify student challenges early-and find the best resources with which to help students.
  • An assignment calendar allows instructors to assign graded activities, with specific deadlines, and measure student progress.
  • ClassPrepcollects the very best class presentation resources in one convenient online destination, so instructors can keep students engaged throughout every class.

IMPROVE CRITICAL THINKING

  • Thinking Sociologically feature, 5-6 learning objectives which start each chapter, guide students through the material and provide an overview of major topics (ex. pg. 1).
  • “Did You Know?” questions at the beginning of each chapter give students several points to think about as they read the chapter (ex. pg. 336).
  • New references are included at the back of the book in a second color (ex. pg. 450).

ENGAGE STUDENTS

  • New Lived Experiences have been added, including a student's reflections on gun violence at her college campus and a student describing how a social food bank has helped reduced her problems with hunger.
  •  “Social Problems in the Media” boxes have been updated throughout the text.  New or revised topics include a look at how video games glamorize violence against Native Americans and how popular fashion magazines almost always feature young women on the cover (ex. pg. 347).
  • Three key MyLab features are called-out in each chapter to further connect students to the material: Explore, Read, and Watch (ex. pg. 351).

EXPLORE THEORY

  • An “Independent Research” suggestion is included in each chapter to encourage students to engage in personal observation or conduct internet research on social topics.


2.  Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

 

Chapter 1: Studying Social Problems in the Twenty-First Century

  • New “Lived Experience:” Hailey, a college student, describes how she felt when her college was on “lockdown” because there was allegedly a person carrying a gun on campus. 

Chapter 2: Wealth and Poverty: U.S. and Global Economic Inequalities

  • New “Lived Experience:”Danielle describes how a social food bank has helped reduce her problems with lack of food and hunger.

Chapter 3: Racial and Ethnic Inequality

  • New “Lived Experience:” A Super Bowl commercial that may perpetuate racist and sexist stereotypes of men and women of color.
  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “Video Games, Racial Stereotypes of Native Americans, and Glamorized Violence” looks at the seldom-discussed issue of prejudice against Native Americans and how it is glamorized in video games.

Chapter 4: Gender Inequality

  • New “Lived Experience:” The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Wal-Mart discrimination lawsuit.

Chapter 5: Inequality Based on Age

  • New “Lived Experience:” Being “too young” or “too old” to find employment. 
  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “Where Have All the Older Women Gone? Fashion Magazines for the Young Only!” examines how many of the most popular fashion magazines almost exclusively have young celebrities or models on their front covers and in much of the magazine content.

Chapter 6:

  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “A Mixed Bag: Praise and Criticism for Young Lesbian and Gay Characters in Glee” discusses the popular hit TV series about high school life for members of a glee club and delves into how the media have become more positive in representations of gay and lesbian characters in recent years.

Chapter 7: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry

  • New “Lived Experience:” A porn film star who works in the sex industry so that she can support herself and her three children.

Chapter 8:

  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “Framing of Alcohol Use in Reality TV Series,” describes how many reality shows, including The Real World, Bachelor and Bachelorette, and the Real Housewives franchise, rely on excessive alcohol consumption to help carry along the “story” of high-stakes romance and social life.

Chapter 9: Crime and Criminal Justice

  • New “Lived Experience” on elite criminals, such as Raj Rajaratnam.
  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “Murder in the Social Media: Stories That Get Attention,” looks at how the social media have become so prominent in providing a platform for everyday people to express their opinion and render legal advice even if they do not really know what is going on in a criminal trial or courtroom.  The 2011 Casey Anthony case is used as an example of “stories that get attention.”

Chapter 10: Health Care: Problems of Physical and Mental Illness

  • New “Lived Experience:” A patient with multiple chronic illnesses who is able to find a social network of individuals with similar problems.

Chapter 11: The Changing Family

  • New “Lived Experience:” A Latino single father.
  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “Social Media in the 21st Century: Posting One's Fertility (or Infertility) on Facebook” is a cutting-edge analysis of the anxiety and stress that women who are unable to bear children feel when they learn by way of Facebook or Twitter that one of their friends is pregnant.

Chapter 13: Problems in Politics and the Global Economy

  • New “Lived Experience” on how a collapse in the mining industry in Europe and of factories in the United States harms the communities in which they are located.
  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “The Media and the Underground Economy” discusses how designer handbags are so widely advertised in the media that they become highly valued in the underground economy as well.  The box also looks at the issue of “fake” Apple stores that sprung up in China in 2011.

Chapter 14: Problems in the Media

  • New “Lived Experience:” Zainub Razvi in Pakistan and Amanda Hirsch in the United States describe their similar problems with Internet addiction because they spend large amounts on time online to the exclusion of people and other activities.  

Chapter 17: Global Social Problems: War and Terrorism

  • New “Lived Experience:” The 2011 Oslo terrorist attack.

Chapter 18: Can Social Problems Be Solved?

  • New “Lived Experiences:” The BP Gulf Oil spill and the Hurricane Disaster.
  • New “Social Problems in the Media:” “Covering Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill: Similar Location but Different Issues” describes how media coverage of these two disasters in the same region was similar in some ways but also highly different in others because one was a natural disaster and the other was a technological, man-made disaster.

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Studying Social Problems in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 2 Wealth and Poverty: U.S. and Global Economic Inequities

Chapter 3 Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Chapter 4 Gender Inequality

Chapter 5 Inequality Based on Age

Chapter 6 Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation

Chapter 7 Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry

Chapter 8 Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 9 Crime and Criminal Justice

Chapter 10 Health Care: Problems of Physical and Mental Illness

Chapter 11 The Changing Family

Chapter 12 Problems in Education

Chapter 13 Problems in Politics and the Global Economy

Chapter 14 Problems in the Media

Chapter 15 Population, Global Inequality, and the Environmental Crisis

Chapter 16 Urban Problems

Chapter 17 Global Social Problems: War and Terrorism

Chapter 18 Can Social Problems Be Solved?  

Author

Diana Kendall received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

 

Her areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory, race/class/gender studies, and the sociology of medicine. Her articles and presented papers primarily focus on the scholarship of teaching and on an examination of U.S. women of the upper classes across racial and ethnic groups.

 

In addition to Social Problems in a Diverse Society, she is the author of The Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) andFraming Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

 
Diana Kendall is currently Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Professor Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Southern Sociological Society, and the Southwestern Sociological Association.


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