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Social Problems

Social Problems
Sociology in Action

Second Edition
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Social Problems

September 2022 | 440 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 "Sociology 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.

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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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