Written from a distinctly Canadian point of view, Understanding Social Problems, Fifth Canadian Edition, examines how the structure and culture of societies contribute to social problems and their consequences. The text includes researched pedagogical features that ensure that readers elevate their thinking about the topic of social problems in Canada and around the globe. This Fifth edition is comprehensive in its coverage, progressing from micro to macro levels of analysis. It focuses first on problems of health care, drug use, and crime--and then broadens to the widening concerns of population, health and welfare, science and technology, large-scale inequality, and environmental problems. Known for its inclusive approach, Understanding Social Problems, Fifth Canadian Edition, explores powerful stories of real-life people struggling with the challenges society and its problems have thrust upon them.