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The student-friendly Understanding Social Problems (written by Linda A. Mooney, David Knox, and Caroline Schacht) explores a variety of controversial issues relating to human interaction and the social order. The book initially focuses on local issues such as health care before moving on to controversial topics of our times, like drugs, poverty, and...
The student-friendly Understanding Social Problems (written by Linda A. Mooney, David Knox, and Caroline Schacht) explores a variety of controversial issues relating to human interaction and the social order. The book initially focuses on local issues such as health care before moving on to controversial topics of our times, like drugs, poverty, and global conflict. In Understanding Social Problems (ISBN 9780495812968), authors Linda A. Mooney, David Knox, and Caroline Schacht use an analytical theory-based approach in evaluating social issues from both a global and local (American) perspective. It opens with a chapter teaching students how to think more critically about social problems. Then, the book moves on to current issues involving crime and violence, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic relations, and the ongoing crisis in education, highlighting each subject with thought provoking examples without losing context. Social problems concerning science and technology, the environment, and population are also discussed in detail without compromising the pedagogical approach. All three authors are experienced professors of sociology; together, they have successfully written a comprehensive and reliable source that teaches students how to understand their own problems and relate them to social issues. By the end of the book, learners are expected to develop a more open and critical mind with the ability to recognize social issues and crises happening around them. The compelling epilogue subtly challenges students to think of solutions to the underlying issues affecting their own communities, groups, and society as a whole, and become better members of a unified society.
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