Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality

Paperback | November 15, 2009

byRobert Heiner

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A concise, affordable, cutting-edge collection of articles that take a critical constructionist approach to social problems.Featuring 26 in-depth and engaging articles, this reader is an ideal supplement to editor Robert Heiner's textbook, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Third Edition. This unique anthology is the only social problems reader in which the majority of the selections reflectthe conflict perspective; this approach views social problems as the consequence of social and economic inequalities and therefore encourages students to critically analyze American public policy responses to social problems. Conflicting Interests is organized into five sections: Thinking about Social Problems, The Economics of Inequality, Social Inequalities, Problems of the Family, Crime and Drugs, and Problems of the Environment. Several articles address the contemporary economic crisis and the role that the mediaplays in constructing social problems. In addition, many of the essays describe public policies in countries outside of the United States, providing students with alternative, cross-cultural perspectives and solutions to social problems. Each section begins with an introduction that brieflysummarizes the articles and shows how they are interrelated. Each essay concludes with critical thinking questions that are designed to stimulate class discussion and to help students carefully evaluate the issues.

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A concise, affordable, cutting-edge collection of articles that take a critical constructionist approach to social problems.Featuring 26 in-depth and engaging articles, this reader is an ideal supplement to editor Robert Heiner's textbook, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Third Edition. This unique antholog...

Robert Heiner is Professor of Sociology at Plymouth State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section One: Thinking about Social Problems1. C. Wright Mills: The Sociological Imagination: The Promise2. Malcolm Spector and John I. Kitsuse: Constructing Social Problems3. Robert Heiner: An Introduction to the Sociology of Social Problems4. Robert W. McChesney: The Problem of JournalismSection Two: The Economics of Inequality5. Jeff Faux: The Governing Class6. Jacob S. Hacker: The New Economic Insecurity7. Robert Kuttner: The Copenhagen Consensus8. Joan Ferrante: Global Inequality and the Challenges of Reducing Extreme PovertySection Three: Social Inequalities9. Amy Gluckman: Women and Wealth: A Primer10. Isobel Coleman: The Payoff from Women's Rights11. Meizhu Liu: Doubly Divided: The Racial Wealth Gap12. Michael Engel: School Finance: Inequality Persists13. James W. Russell: Double Standards in Health CareSection Four: Problems of the Family14. Stephanie Coontz: The Way We Wish We Were: Defining the Family Crisis15. Robert W. Drago: Striking a Balance16. Brittany Shahmehri: More than Welcome: Families Come First in Sweden17. David Popenoe and Barbara Defoe Whitehead: Life without ChildrenSection Five: Crime and Drugs18. Jeffrey Reiman: The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice19. Marc Mauer and Ryan S. King: Schools and Prisons: How Far Have We Come since Brown v. Board of Education?20. Robert Heiner: The Growth of Incarceration in the Netherlands21. Vince Beiser: First, Reduce Harm22. 60 Minutes: Rx DrugsSection Six: Problems of the Environment23. Bill McKibben: Reversal of Fortune24. Robert Heiner: The Establishment vs. the Environment25. World Resources Institute: The Wealth of the Poor: Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty26. Robert D. Bullard: Differential Vulnerabilities: Environmental and Economic Inequality and Government Responses to Unnatural Disasters

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"The articles chosen work beautifully together to give the reader an excellent overview of the constructionist/conflict approach to social problems." --Nicole Grant, Northern Kentucky University