Social Problems: A Canadian Perspective

Paperback | February 19, 2015

byLorne Tepperman, Josh Curtis

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Current and Canadian, this text explores the dynamics and consequences of social problems-such as poverty, unemployment, crime, drug abuse, health, war, and terrorism-that impact Canada and the rest of the world. Each problem is examined through a variety of theoretical paradigms before itsimpact both on individuals and society as a whole is explored.

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Current and Canadian, this text explores the dynamics and consequences of social problems-such as poverty, unemployment, crime, drug abuse, health, war, and terrorism-that impact Canada and the rest of the world. Each problem is examined through a variety of theoretical paradigms before itsimpact both on individuals and society as a wh...

Lorne Tepperman is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He served as chair of the department from 1997 to 2003, and has won many teaching awards, including the Dean's Excellence Award, an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science, and an Oswald Hall Teaching Award given by the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.65 inPublished:February 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: Introduction1. What Are Social Problems?What Is a "Social Problem"?Sociology and the Study of Social ProblemsSocial Problems and the Sociological ImaginationSocial Problems Research as a Moral EnterpriseSocial ConstructionHow to Tell If a Social Problem Is "Real"Theoretical Perspectives on Social ProblemsSolutions to Social ProblemsPart Two: Inequalities2. Class, Poverty, and Economic InequalityIntroductionMeasuring PovertyMeasuring Well-being and InequalityPoverty in CanadaPoverty as an Urban ProblemThe Governments Role in Reducing PovertyTheoretical Perspectives on PovertySocial Consequences of Poverty and Economic InequalityHealth Consequences of Poverty and Economic InequalitySolving the Problems of Poverty and Economic Inequality3. Race and Ethnic RelationsRaceEthnicityMulticulturalism in CanadaThe Vertical MosaicTheoretical Perspectives on Race and EthnicityRacism and Prejudice: Social ProblemsSocial Consequences of Race and EthnicityHealth Consequences of Race and EthnicityClaims-Making in Studies of Race and EthnicityGovernmental and Organizational Solutions to Prejudice and Racism4. Gender RelationsThe Battle over Gender TodayDefining Sexism and Gender InequalityFactors that Reinforce Gender InequalityProblems of Structural SexismGender Stereotypes in the MediaTheoretical Perspectives on Gender Relations and InequalitySocial Consequences of Gender InequalitySelf-Esteem and Appearance IssuesClaims-Making in Gender Relations and SexismPolicy and Institutional Solutions to Gender Inequality5. SexualitiesSexual OrientationGender Binary and Transgendered PeopleAttitudes and LawsHomosexual CultureTheoretical Perspectives on Sexual OrientationHomophobia and HeterosexismMedia and TechnologySocial Consequences of HomophobiaHealth Consequences of HomophobiaSolutions to the Homophobia Problem6. Aging and the Life CourseCross-Cultural Attitudes to AgingThe Idea of a "Life Course"Aspects of the Sociology of AgingTheoretical Perspectives on AgingSocial Consequences of AgingHealth Consequences of AgingSolutions for Problems of AgingClaims-Making and the Social Construction of AgingPart Three: Outcomes7. Crime and ViolenceDefining Crime, Laws, and Social OrderCrime in Canada and ElsewhereThe Demography of CrimeTheoretical Perspectives on CrimeSocial Consequences of Crime and ViolenceEconomic Consequences of CrimeHealth Consequences of Crime and ViolenceSolutions to the Crime and Violence Problem8. AddictionsAddictionAddictive GamblingAre Drugs and Alcohol Social Problems?Medicalization and the Transformation of a ProblemSocial and Physical Characteristics of AddictionsTheoretical Perspectives on AddictionSocial Consequences of AddictionsHealth Consequences of AddictionsClaims-Making and Construction of AddictionSolutions to Addiction9. Health IssuesDefining and Measuring HealthMeasuring Health and IllnessThreats to Canadian and Global HealthTheoretical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health CareThe Social Determinants of HealthClaims-Making and the Social Construction of Health IssuesSolutions to Problems in Health Outcomes and Health-Care Delivery10. War and TerrorismPolitics, the State, and WarfareThe Nature of War and TerrorismTheoretical Perspectives on War and TerrorismSocial Consequences of WarHealth Consequences of WarSolutions to War and Global ConflictPart Four: Domains11. FamiliesDifferent Kinds of FamiliesMyths of the FamilyPatriarchy and Family ValuesBasic Aspects of Canadian FamiliesFertility TrendsTheoretical Perspectives on the FamilySocial Consequences of Family LifeHealth Consequences of Family LifeSolutions to Family Problems12. WorkplacesComparative Economic SystemsThe Bureaucratization of WorkTheoretical Perspectives on Work and UnemploymentSocial Consequences of WorkVulnerable PopulationsUnemployment and Its EffectsSocial Consequences of UnemploymentHealth Consequences of WorkSolutions to Unemployment13. SchoolsDefining Education and Its Social ProblemsEducation and GenderEducation and RaceThe Effectiveness of SchoolingTheoretical Perspectives on EducationSocial Consequences of EducationHealth Consequences of Education14. Populations, Cities, and NeighbourhoodsWorld Population in ContextThe Demographic TransitionContrasting Perspectives on Population ChangePopulation DensityUrban Sociology: A PrimerThe Importance of Neighbours and NeighbourhoodsTheoretical Perspectives on Urban LifeSocial Consequences of Population Growth and UrbanizationHealth Consequences of Population Growth and UrbanizationSolutions to Population Problems15. The Natural EnvironmentThe Environment and Social ConstructionTheoretical Perspectives on Environmental ProblemsSocial Consequences of Environmental ProblemsHealth Consequences of Environmental ProblemsSocial Responses and Solutions to Environmental ProblemsPart Five: The Future16. What Problems Are on the Way?Thinking about the FutureWhat Is Futures Studies?Theoretical Perspectives on Future StudiesChanges in What the Public Sees as Social ProblemsTrends in Social Problems Projected to the Near FutureTechnology: Making and Solving ProblemsThe Social Effects of Technology

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"Each chapter endeavours to link the core theories explored in the introduction to the statistics and empirical data on issues such as poverty or gender. This is an effective strategy for training students to learn how theory functions as an interpretative framework. It provides the basicknowledge that all sociology students should learn in an introductory course." --Dominique Clement, University of Alberta