Social Problems: A Critical Power-conflict Perspective by Joe R. FeaginSocial Problems: A Critical Power-conflict Perspective by Joe R. Feagin

Social Problems: A Critical Power-conflict Perspective

byJoe R. Feagin, David V. Baker, Clairece Booher R Feagin

Paperback | August 29, 2005

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Title:Social Problems: A Critical Power-conflict PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.2 × 6.9 × 1.3 inPublished:August 29, 2005Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter begins with Goals of the Chapter and concludes with Summary, Study Questions, and Endnotes.)

 1. A Troubled Society.
Americans View Their Lives  
Workaday Troubles  Latino and African Americans  The View from the Home  Problems with Gender Discrimination: Women Workers  Family Tragedies  Interpreting Life’s Troubles  
Societal Decline: The Genuine Progress Indicator  
People Working for Change: Some Recent Examples  
The United Farm Workers Union  Clerical Workers’ Unions  Striking for Better Conditions in the South  Protesting Toxic Pollution 
Traditional Perspectives on Society and Social Problems  
The European Background  Corporate Liberalism  Social Problems: The Durkheimian Tradition in the United States  Mainstream Social Science Views of Social Problems  
A Critical Power–Conflict Perspective  
Background: The Thought of Karl Marx  Contemporary Class Perspectives  Perspectives Emphasizing Gender and Race  
Conclusion: Some Working Propositions  
 2. Class Relations and the Problem of Inequality.
Some Revealing Societal Snapshots  
Plant Closings  Workplace Hazards  Five Million Rolling Fire Bombs  Toxic Chemicals in the Environment  How Are Classes Defined? Some Lessons from the Snapshots  
A Closer Look at Class Relations in Our Society  
The Class Structure  The Capitalist Class  The Working Class  The Managerial Class  The Small-Business Class  Other Important Groups  The Corporate Structure  
The State  
Capitalism Large Corporations and the State: The Example of the Farm Crisis 
Contrasting Views of Inequality 
The Persisting Problem of Income Inequality 
Patterns of Income Inequality The Very Rich  Effects of Income Inequality: Length and Quality of Life  Education and Income Inequality  Impact on Government  Workers’ Real IncomesA Two-Tiered Society?  
The Inequality of Wealth  
The Early Period  Wealth in Contemporary America  Families and Corporations  
Consequences of Income and Wealth Inequality  
Sources of Capitalists’ Wealth  
Mercantile and Plantation Capitalism (1700–1850)  Industrial Capitalism (1850–1890)  Early Monopoly Capitalism (1890–1940)  Advanced (Late) Monopoly Capitalism (1940–?)  
3. Poverty Unemployment and Underemployment.
Low Incomes and Poverty  
The Extent and Character of Poverty  Questioning the Official Poverty Count  
Unemployment Underemployment and Poverty  
Official Unemployment Statistics  Questioning Official Unemployment Statistics  The Unemployment Link to Poverty  Unemployment’s Impact  
Capitalism Unemployment and Poverty  
The Underclass Concept  Capitalism and the Poor The Intense Quest for Private Profit  Moving to the Sunbelt  The Working Poor  A Reform Initiative  
The Ideology of Individualism and the Poor  
The Historical Background  Views on the Poor: The 1960s  Public Opinion  Consequences of the Rationalizations for Poverty  Ideological Socialization  
Government Intervention: The Broad Subsidy System  
The Context of Aid for the Poor   
 4. Problems of Racial Groups and Racial Inequality.
The Revolutionary Background  
Racial Thinking  
Racial Groups and Racism  The Social Definition of Racial Groups  
Explaining Racial Domination  
African Americans  
The Chains of Slavery  The Labor Market: A Racial Split  Recent Gains and Losses in Employment and Income  Issues of Wealth  
Patterns of Discrimination: Employment and Housing  
Racial Discrimination: Some Dimensions  Persisting Discrimination in Recruitment and Hiring  The Glass Ceiling  Discrimination in Business  Housing Discrimination  Debates on the “Underclass” and Racial Discrimination  
Reactions to Equal Opportunity Efforts  
White Attitudes  White Resistance  Black Anger over Discrimination and Poverty  
The Issue of Recent Immigration  
 5. Problems of Gender Roles and Sex Discrimination.
Ideas About Stratification by Gender  
Power–Conflict Ideas: The Class Emphasis  Feminist Views  Gender Discrimination and Racism  
Gender Role Stereotyping  
Schools  The Mass Media  Stereotyping in Biologically Oriented Accounts  
Family and Home: Patterns of Oppression  
Family Decisions  Childbearing and Child Rearing  Sexuality  Housework and Consumption Work  Domestic Violence  Child Sexual Abuse  
Sexual Assault Outside and Inside the Home  
Date Rape  Rape and Law Enforcement  Sexual Terrorism in Prisons
Employment Outside the Home  
Occupational Segregation of Women Workers  The Occupational Gap  Comparable Pay for Comparable Work?  Employment Discrimination  Recruitment Practices  Screening and Tracking Practices  Promotion Practices  Sexual Harassment  Other Discrimination in the Workplace  Double Jeopardy: The Situation of Women of Color  
Discrimination in Housing Law and Politics  
Housing  Law and Politics  The Resurgence of Femininity  
Hazards of Being Male  
Gender Role Problems  Men Moving into Traditionally Female Jobs   
 6. Problems in Education.
The Growing Scope of Education  
Roots: The Development of Public Schools  
Public Schools in Urban Areas  High Schools Humanistic Goals  Labor Movement Resistance  School Choice and Schools-for-Profit  
Tracking Systems and the Curriculum  
Two-Tiered Schooling  The Content of Schooling  
IQ Testing and Public Schooling  
The So-Called Intelligence Tests  Racial Issues  
High Schools Today  
Restlessness and Despair in Suburbia  Learning Consumerism  Teen Sitting and Discipline Problems  
Colleges and Universities  
Changes  Tracking in Higher Education  Government Corporations and Universities  Student Protests  
Diplomas Credentials and “Human Capital”  
Qualifications and Credentials  Overqualified College Students  New Concern for “Human Capital”  
Racial Discrimination and Related Problems  
Schools for Black Americans  The Struggle for Desegregation  School Desegregation: Cultural Chauvinism  Does More Education Bring Higher Incomes?  High School Dropouts or “Pushouts”?  Reforming the Public Schools  Racial Problems at the College Level  Problems in Education for Latinos  Education and the Stereotyping of Asian Americans  
Sexism in Education  
Elementary and Secondary Schools  Higher Education  Title IX  
 7. Problems in Health and Medical Care.
Health Statistics  
Death and Illness Rates  Health Care Services  The High Cost  
High-Technology Medicine  
The Bureaucratization of Medicine  Technology or Corporate Decisions?  The High-Tech Focus  Medical Education: The Move to Hospitals and Offices  
High-Technology Medicine: Benefits and Problems  
Health Care: Private Control and Private Profit  
The Medical-Industrial Complex Today  Profits  Fee-for-Service Physicians  Corporate Profits  Private For-Profit Hospitals  Blood Banks and Profits  Drugs and Profits  Consumers Drugs and Advertising  Profits from Poor Countries  
Income and Health  
Racial and Gender Discrimination  
Racial Discrimination  Sexism in Health Care  Abortion and Control  
Government Intervention in Health Care  
A Shift in the 1930s  The War on PovertyAlternative Health Care  Health Care Financing Reform  
Warehouses for the Aged and Disabled: The Nursing Home Industry  
Numbers and Private Homes  Nursing for Profit   
 8. Problems of Crime and Law Enforcement.
Types of Law Violations
Goals of the Chapter
Street Crime  
Official Statistics: An Inadequate Measure of Crime  Certain Dimensions of Street Crime  Explaining Street Crime  A Power–Conflict Perspective: Low Wages and Unemployment  The Structural Solution  Crimes of Personal Violence  
Crimes by the Very Powerful  
Corporate Crime  Who Pays?  Punishment  Occupational and Small-Business Crime  
Crimes by Government Officials  
The President’s Men  The FBI and CIA  Corporations and Government  
Organized Crime Business and Government  
Prosecuting Criminals  
The Police  The Courts  The Death Penalty IssuePrisons and Jails  Overcrowding: A National Scandal  Prison Riots  An Alternative Approach   
 9. Problems Labeled “Deviance”: Homelessness Mental Illness Drug Addiction and Homosexuality.
Perspectives on Deviance  
Accenting Maladjusted Individuals  Toward a Critical Power–Conflict Approach to “Deviance”  The Treatment of Those Labeled Deviant  
Reactions to the Homeless as “Trash”  Who Are the Homeless?  Causes of Homelessness: Unemployment and the Lack of Affordable Housing  Deinstitutionalization  Local Responses to Homelessness  
Mental Illness  
Labeling the Mentally Ill  
Drug and Other Substance Addiction  
What Substance Use Is Illegal?  Tobacco Use: An Ancient Addiction  The Role of Large Corporations in Tobacco Use  Alcohol: Another Major Addiction  Illegal Drug Use  Who Controls the Illegal Drug Trade?  The World of Illegal Drug Users  Indiscriminately Prescribing “Legal” Drugs  Illegal Drugs and Neighborhoods  Law Enforcement  Illegal Drugs and Government Policy in Central America  The Legalization Debate  
Labeling Sexual Behavior as Deviance  Sexism and Public Reactions to Homosexuals Gays and Lesbians in the Military  Politics and Organizing Homosexual Communities  AIDS and the Homosexual Community  
10. Problems of Work and Worker Alienation.
Dangers in the Workplace  
Accidents and Injuries  Occupational IllnessesResponsibility for Dangers  Toxic Exposure  Safety Regulation  The Right-to-Know Movement  
Alienation and Work  
The Concept of Alienation  Dissatisfaction with Work  The Health Impact  Desire for More Control  The Impact on Dignity and Self-Respect  Is White-Collar Work a Way Out?  Is High-Tech a Way Out?  The Increase in Contingent Work  
Resistance and Change in the Workplace 
The Fight for Better Wages and Conditions  Unions and Worker Protests  Ongoing Class Struggle  
Strategies for Controlling Workers  
Scientific Management (Taylorism)  The Team Concept: A New Type of Taylorism  Hierarchical Control  Automation and Technical Control  Job Losses and Capital Flight  Workers Fighting Back: Plant Closing Laws  
11. Environmental Energy and Military-Industrial Problems.
A Societal Snapshot  
Environmental Pollution and Degradation  
Toxic Chemicals  Ozone Depletion  Waste Disposal  Water Pollution  Air Pollution  Private Profits and the Costs of Pollution  Pollution Prevention Measures  The Military-Industrial Establishment as Polluter  Citizens Fighting Pollution  Modest Government Action on Pollution  A Global Perspective  
Energy Problems  
Energy Consumption and Waste  Alternative Energy Technologies  Energy Class and Race  Oil and Energy Problems  Resource Depletion and Pollution: Automobiles Trucks and Buses  The Decline of Mass Transit  
Nuclear Power and Nuclear Pollution  
Major Problems  Pollution from Nuclear Wastes  Nuclear Technology: The Military Connection  Is a Major Disaster Possible?  Can People Bring Change?  
The Military-Industrial Complex: A Social Problem?  
Nuclear WeaponryWar in Historical Perspective  War in the Nuclear Age  The Military-Industrial Complex  Arms Sales Abroad  The Case of General Electric  “Weapons Welfarism”  
Growth and Technology  
Growth  Technology  
The Ecological Crises and Capitalism  
12. Remedying Social Problems.
The Mass Media and Information Control  
The Mass Media  
Prepolitical Thought?  
People Protesting and Organizing for Change  
Women’s Groups  Union Movements  Older Americans  Americans of Color  The Consumer Movement  Antinuclear and Antiwar Protest  Environmental Action Groups  Other Community Action Groups  Prospects for Expanded Progressive Grassroots Action  Conservative and Reactionary Groups  
Alternative Social Systems  
Varieties of Socialism  A Social Welfare State  A Note on Government Intervention in the United States  Democratic Socialism in the Kibbutz  
The Possibility of Economic Democracy  
Democratic Socialism in the United States  Workplace Democracy  Views of Democratic Socialism and Economic Democracy  Beyond Racism and Sexism in the United States  The Transitional Stage of Economic Democracy  The Beneficial Impact of a Democratic Economy  
The Future of Democracy