Social Policy and Public Policy: Inequality and Justice

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EditorLee Rainwater

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This classic volume was originally designed as an introduction to social science perspectives on a broad range of social issues in American society, specifically the complex social problems of the 1960s. Because the volume is structured as a survey, it is neither exhaustive or defi nitive. It does provide a wide range of information about these problems, as well as the many diff erent policy initiatives that were developed to cope with them. Readers can learn a great deal about the common themes, predilections and quandaries that characterized United States responses to the complex problems of the 1960s and the patterns of inequality and injustice prevalent at that time.

The essays were selected to cover the range of substantive problematic issues of the period, the social science perspectives that were brought to bear on them, and the range of social science methodologies used. Finally, the selections emphasize the contributions that can be made to understanding social problems by intensive and rigorous social science research.

Journalists and popular writers use a common sense approach to their study of social problems, and the results are often imaginative and incisive. Th e tools of social scientists produce information and analyses that contribute far more to our understanding than even the most insightful journalist can achieve. Th e selections in this volume highlight the deeper and more fundamental understanding of social issues that can come from rigorous analysis of government statistics, and from special sample surveys, from in-depth ethnographic studies.

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This classic volume was originally designed as an introduction to social science perspectives on a broad range of social issues in American society, specifically the complex social problems of the 1960s. Because the volume is structured as a survey, it is neither exhaustive or defi nitive. It does provide a wide range of information ab...

Lee Rainwater is professor emeritus of sociology at Harvard University and research director emeritus of the Luxembourg Income Study. He was an editor at Transaction, the associate editor of theJournal of Marriage and the Family, and a member of the review board of Sociological Quarterly. He has written various books and many profes...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Study of Social Problems

I. MODERN PERSPECTIVES ON INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS
1. The New Egalitarianism - Herbert J. Cans
2. Liberty and Equality - Harold Laski
3. Social Inequality and Social Integration - John H. Goldthorpe
4. On the Origin of Inequality Among Men - Ralf Dahrendorf
5. The Dynamics of Distributive Systems - Gerhard Lenski
6. Policy Analysis and Equality - Martin Rein

II. CLASS INEQUALITIES AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS
7. Poverty in the United States - Lee Rainwater
8. The American Distribution of Income: A Structural Problem - Lester C. Thurow and Robert Lucas
9. The Welfare Crisis - Martin Rein
10. The Guaranteed Income - James Tobin
11. Education and Inequality
11 a. Inequalities in Higher Education - W. Lee Hansen and Burton A. Weisbrod
11b. The Great Training Robbery - Ivar Berg
11c. Schooling, IQ, and Income - David K. Cohen
12. Working-class Family Life-styles and Social Alienation - Lee Rainwater
13. Housing and Inequality
13a. The Slum and Its Problems - Lee Rainwater
13b. Improving Federal Housing Subsidies - Bernard J. Frieden
14. Health and Inequality
14a. Class and the Chance for Life - Aaron Antonovsky
14b. The Lower Class: Health, Illness, and Medical Institutions - Lee Rainwater
15. Who Needs Organized Family Planning Services? - Frederick S. Jaffe, Joy G. Dryfoos, and George Varky
16. Taxes and Inequality - Joseph A. Pechman

III. INEQUALITIES OF STATUS
17. Black Unrest in the 1960s - Thomas F. Pettigrew
18. The 1960s: Decade of Progress for Blacks? - Reynolds Farley and Albert Hermalin
19. Attitudes Toward Racial Integration - Andrew M, Greeley and Paul B. Sheatsley
20. When the Melting Pot Doesn't Melt - Nathan Glazer
21. Sex Inequality
2la. Sex Equality: The Beginnings of an Ideology - Alice S. Rossi
21b. Women's Rights and the Drive for Day Care - Charles L. Schultze, Edward R. Fried, Alice M. Rivlin, and Nancy H. Teeters
22. Colonialism: The Case of the Mexican Americans - Joan W. Moore

IV. INEQUALITIES OF POWER
23. Equality of Voting - Walter Dean Burnham
24. Community Action and Neighborhood Control
24a. Radical Decentralization - Michael Lipsky
24b. Lower Class Life-styles and Community Action - Lee Rainwater
25. Power and Symbol in Administrative Regulation - Murray Edelman
26. The Vietnam War and Presidential Power - Daniel Ellsberg
27. American Military Policy and Advanced Weapons - James R. Kurth
28. The Politics of Culture in America - Herbert J. Cans

V. INTERNATIONAL STRATIFICATION AND INEQUALITIES
29. The Third World in International Stratification - Irving Louis Horowitz
30. World Population Crisis - Kingsley Davis
31. Inequality among Nations and International Redistribution - Ernst Michanek

VI. CONFLICTS OF EFFICIENCY, CHOICE, AND EQUALITY
32. Reason and National Goals - Thomas Nagel
33. Individual Adaptation and Collective Results - Thomas C. Schelling
34. Inequality, Affluence, and Environmental Problems - Barry Commoner
35. The City as Sandbox - George Sterniieb
36. Metropolitan Dispersal and Growth - Commission on Population Growth and the American Future

Index