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Handbook of social problems : a comparative, international perspective / edited by George Ritzer.


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Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2004.
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  • xi, 687 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • INTRODUCTION Ch.01 Social Problems: A Comparative International Perspective - George Ritzer Ch 02 Theoretical Issues in the Study of Social Problems and Deviance - Joel Best Ch. 03 Methodological Issues in the Study of Social Problems - Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln Ch. 04 Social Problems and Public Policy - Tim Blackman and Roberta Woods SOCIAL PROBLEMS Ch. 05 Population Change - Sonalde Desai Ch. 06 Ecological Problems - Steven Yearley Ch. 07 Global Inequality - Salvatore J. Babones and Jonathan H. Turner Ch. 08 Racism in Comparative Perspective - Joe R. Feagin and Pinar Batur Ch. 09 Ethnic Conflict as a Global Social Problem - Thomas D. Hall Ch. 10 Gender Inequality - Amy S. Wharton Ch. 11 Urban Problems in Global Perspective - Chigon Kim and Mark Gottdiener Ch. 12 Work-Related Social Problems - Teresa A. Sullivan Ch. 13 The Media and Social Problems - Douglas Kellner Ch. 14 Consumption as a Social Problem - Douglas J. Goodman Ch. 15 Family Problems in Global Perspective - Felix M. Berardo and Constance L. Shehan Ch. 16 Racial and Ethnic Educational Inequality in Global Perspective - Caroline Hodges Persell, Richard Arum, and Kathryn Seufert Ch. 17 Health as a Social Problem - William C. Cockerham Ch. 18 How Medical Care Systems Become Social Problems - Andrew Twaddle Ch. 19 Aids as a Social Problem: The Creation of Social Pariahs in The Management of an Epidemic - Bronwen Lichtenstein Ch. 20 War, Militarism and National Security - Ian Roxborough Ch. 21 Sea Change: The Modern Terrorist Environment in Perspective - Gus Martin Ch. 22 The Rhetoric and Reality of "Mass Destruction": How Genocide Became an International Social Problem - David Norman Smith Ch. 23. Globalization - John Boli, Michael A. Elliott and Franziska Bieri Ch. 24 Technology and Social Problems - Frank Webster and Mark Erickson Ch. 25 The Internet as a Global Social Problem - Gili S. Drori Ch. 26 Risk - John Tulloch DEVIANCE Ch. 27 Crime - Michael Tonry Ch. 28 Juvenile Delinquency - Mark C. Stafford Ch. 29 Drug Use as a Global Social Problem - Erich Goode Ch. 30 The Sexual Spectacle: Making a Public Culture of Sexual Problems - Ken Plummer Ch. 31 Modern Day Folk Devils and the Problem of Children's Presence in the Global Sex Trade - Julia O'Connell Davidson Ch. 32 Mental Illness as a Social Problem - Howard B. Kaplan Ch. 33 Disability As a Global Issue - Gary L. Albrecht Ch. 34 Corruption as a Global Social Problem - Gary LaFree and Nancy Morris.
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Publisher's Summary:
"The Handbook of Social Problems" provides a unique, broadly comparative perspective on the current state of social problems and deviance in a variety of societies around the world. George Ritzer, gathers a number of leading international sociologists and social theorists to examine the relationship between social problems and a society's level of development and affluence.The essays in this volume focus on four interrelated issues involved in the relationship between social problems and the level of development and affluence: less developed and less affluent societies are more likely to experience a range of social problems than developed and affluent societies; affluence causes or at least brings with it a series of social problems that do not exist in less affluent societies; it is only with affluence that certain things can come to be imagined as social problems, such as excessive consumption; and, the very affluence of a society makes it vulnerable to problems that would not be social problems in poorer societies.The Handbook explores the theory of the weakness of the strong-in other words, strong or wealthy nations may have greater vulnerability to some social problems than less developed or affluent societies. This theory is clearly illustrated in this volume by the aftermath of September 11, 2001, depicting the vulnerability of the U.S. to social problems in far-removed corners of the world. In addition, the international and comparative essays in this volume cover other important issues such as the impact of modern technologies on social problems, ecological problems, global inequality, health as a social problem, and much more. "The Handbook of Social Problems" is a vital resource for students studying on a number of courses across the social sciences and will be an excellent addition to any academic library.
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Ritzer, George.

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