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Social Problems
Sociology in Action

Second Edition
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Social Problems

November 2022 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Second Edition of Sociology in Action: Social Problems is ideal for teachers who want to provide students with an active learning experience that relies less on lecturing and more on discussion, collaboration, self-directed investigation, observation, analysis, and reflection. This text is an effective tool for departments interested in bringing more students into the sociology major, as it provides students with concrete ways to make use of sociological training in the “real” world. Maxine P. Atkinson and Kathleen Odell Korgen engage students in active learning in class, on their own, and in their local communities, as they explore a range of social problems and consider sociological solutions to issues facing society today. 

Sociology In Action: Social Problems, Second Edition is one of the volumes in our "In Action" series of undergraduate sociology texts. The two signature features of this series are (1) a set of carefully developed and assignable learning activities in each chapter; and (2) chapters contributed by authors who are both experts in their subjects and committed to the kind of active learning promoted by the SIA texts.

This title is accompanied by a complete teaching and learning package. Contact your SAGE representative to request a demo.

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Unit I: Inequalities as Social Problems
Kathleen Odell Korgen
Chapter 1: Understanding and Solving Social Problems
Dawn R. Norris
Chapter 2: Analyzing Economic Inequalities
Meghan Burke
Chapter 3: Recognizing Racism and Racial Inequalities
Kris Macomber
Chapter 4: Examining Gender Inequalities
Jason Crockett
Chapter 5: Focusing on Sex and Sexualities
 
Unit II: Global Population Problems
Deborah Lowry
Chapter 6: Preparing for Aging Societies
Daniel Herda
Chapter 7: Making Sense of Migration and Immigration
Lillian MacNell
Chapter 8: Researching Environmental Problems
Bridget Diamond-Welch
Chapter 9: Contesting Crime
Amy Sodaro
Chapter 10: Understanding War and Terrorism
 
Unit III: Institutional Problems
Rena C. Zito
Chapter 11: Identifying Problems in the Criminal Justice System
Rena C. Zito
Chapter 12: Discovering Problems in the Family
Erinn Brooks
Chapter 13: Pursuing Equity in Education
Gregory T. Kordsmeier
Chapter 14: Prioritizing Health and Health Care Inequalities
Kathleen Odell Korgen and Maxine P. Atkinson
Chapter 15: Realizing the Power—and Vulnerability—of Institutions
 
Appendix: Addressing Social Problems Through Service-Learning

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Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION: 
  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • The second edition has been comprehensively updated to address today’s most pressing social problems. New and refreshed discussions cover such timely topics as:
    • COVID-19 and its impact on a variety of institutions
    • Police violence targeting people of color
    • Growing economic inequality
    • Gender-based discrimination in the workplace
    • The rise of domestic terrorism in the U.S.
    • Issues facing immigrants and refugees
    • The causes and consequences of climate change and environmental degradation
    • The rise of authoritarianism, and more.
  • Each chapter has been fully revised to incorporate the most up-to-date research and data, including new and revised figures and tables.
  • This edition also includes a host of brand-new “Confronting Social Problems” active learning exercises.
  • In addition, new Discussion Questions appear at the end of each chapter to help stimulate classroom and online conversation.

KEY FEATURES: 
  • Each chapter is contributed by an expert in that subject who also uses active learning techniques in his or her own classroom.
  • Several "Confronting Social Problems" learning activities in each chapter provide instructors with an abundance of ready-to-use activities for a wide range of instructional settings.
  • Choose from a variety of activity types including personal reflection, content and data analysis, collaboration and group activities, observations, and short guided-research projects.
  • "Consider This" discussion questions encourage students to think more deeply about concepts for in-class discussions or assignments.
  • ”Sociologists in Action” boxes spotlight the work of a student or a professional sociologist to illustrate how students can use sociological tools to make a positive impact on problems facing society.
  • The concluding chapter, “Realizing the Power—and Vulnerability—of Institutions,” explores an emerging social problem: public loss of faith in institutions like government and the media.
  • A Service-Learning appendix provides step-by-step instructions on how to design and implement a service-learning feature into a social problems course, including online and large lecture.
  • Chapter Summaries emphasize key chapter content as a quick study reference, helping reinforce material.
  • Check Your Understanding questions help students stop and self-assess whether they comprehend the key points of every section.
  • Key terms and a glossary reinforce and define concepts to encourage on-the-spot comprehension.
  • The Activity Guide for instructors includes the complete text of every activity, along with extensive teaching notes.
  • Assignable SAGE Premium Video (available via the interactive eBook version, linked through SAGE Coursepacks) is curated and produced exclusively for this text to bring concepts to life and appeal to diverse learners.
  • Assignable data analysis activities enable students to access and use statistical information created from more than 400,000 government and non-government datasets.
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The second edition has been comprehensively updated to address the most pressing social problems today. New and refreshed discussions cover such timely topics as COVID-19 and its impact on a variety of institutions, police violence targeting people of color, growing economic inequality, gender-based discrimination in the workplace, the rise of domestic terrorism in the U.S., issues facing immigrants and refugees, the causes and consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, the rise of authoritarianism, and more.

 

Each chapter has been fully revised to incorporate the most up-to-date research and data, including new and revised figures and tables. This edition also includes a host of brand-new ‘Confronting Social Problems’ active learning exercises. In addition, new Discussion Questions appear at the end of each chapter to help stimulate classroom and online conversation.