Social Problems: An Advocate Group Approach by Sara Towe HorsfallSocial Problems: An Advocate Group Approach by Sara Towe Horsfall

Social Problems: An Advocate Group Approach

bySara Towe Horsfall

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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This book represents a truly innovative and empowering approach to social problems. Instead of focusing solely on a seemingly tireless list of major problems, Sara Towe Horsfall considers how select key issues can be solved and pays particular attention to the advocate groups already on the front lines. Horsfall first provides a robust theoretical foundation to the study of social problems before moving on to the problems themselves, examining each through the lens of specific advocate groups working towards solutions. This concise and accessible text also incorporates useful learning tools including study questions to help reinforce reading comprehension, questions for further thought to encourage critical thinking and classroom discussion, a glossary of key terms, and a worksheet for researching advocate groups.Social Problems: An Advocate Group Approachis an essential resource for social problems courses and for anyone who is inspired to effect change.
Sara Towe Horsfallis associate professor of sociology at Texas Wesleyan University. She is coeditor ofChaos, Complexity, and Sociologyand author ofA Neighborhood Portrait. She has also worked as a foreign correspondent and international journalist, giving her unique insight into social problems and their solutions around the world.
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Title:Social Problems: An Advocate Group ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813345073

ISBN - 13:9780813345079

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Table of Contents

SECTION I: THE THEORETICAL BASIS OF THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS

CHAPTER ONE
What Is a Social Problem?

Six Ingredients of Social Problems
How Do Social Problems Occur?
Levels of Social Problems
Information and Claims Making

CHAPTER TWO
Understanding Advocate Groups

Who Are the Advocate Groups?
Why Do Advocate Groups Form?
Three Views of Human Nature
Dynamics Within Advocate Groups
Growth and Development of Advocate Groups
A Typology of Advocate Group Change

CHAPTER THREE
Ameliorating Actions, Reactions, and Consequences


PART I: Ameliorating Actions

Legal Reform
Government Programs
Professional Agencies, Nonprofits, and Special Interest Groups
Education and Public Awareness Campaigns
Interpersonal Interaction, Apology, Reparation
Independent, Individual Actions

PART II: Reactions and Consequences

Opposition Groups: Campaigning Against Reform
Consequences for the Target Group
Unintended Consequences
Assessing Overall Social Benefit

CHAPTER FOUR
Social Dynamics: The Change Process and Models of Change


PART I: Processes/Patterns of Change

Change Is Linear: Progress and Evolution
Change Is Cyclical: Growth and Decay
Change Is Dialectical: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
Other Ideas of Social Change
Causes of Change

PART II: Models for Social Change

Human Interaction
Organizational Principles
Technology

SECTION II: THE PROBLEMS

CHAPTER FIVE
Problems Addressed Through Government Programs

Health Care
Social Security
Welfare

CHAPTER SIX
Problems Addressed Through Government Legislation

Discrimination
Illegal Immigration

CHAPTER SEVEN
Problems Addressed Through Professional Organizations, Nonprofit Groups, and Special Interest Groups

Drugs and Alcohol
Homelessness
Domestic Violence (Spousal/Partner and Child Abuse)
Teen Suicide and Gangs

CHAPTER EIGHT
Problems with Active Opposition Groups

Abortion
Gender Discrimination
Euthanasia
Homosexuality

CHAPTER NINE
Problems Addressed Through Education and Public Awareness, Interpersonal Interaction, Reparation,
Apology, and Independent Individual Action

Global Warming and Pollution
Natural Resources: Water, Land, Energy, Endangered Species, and Rain Forests
Sexually Transmitted Diseases/AIDS
Rape, Date Rape, and Spousal Rape
Prostitution

Appendixes
Social Problem Analysis Worksheet
Advocate Groups
Notes on Similarities and Contrasts of Social Problems Textbooks
Glossary
Sources
Index

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Social Problems by Sara Towe Horsfall“Horsfall shows that the social sciences not only can describe problems but also identify solutions. This text will really connect with today's pragmatic, hands-on, community-service oriented generation of students.”—Robert Szafran, Stephen F. Austin State University“This book is packed with up-to-date information about relevant topics that are sure to lead to productive class discussion. The advocate group approach is refreshing, and students will appreciate its practical and down-to-earth aspects.”—Sharon Hardesty, Eastern Kentucky University