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Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies (4th Edition) Paperback – March 3, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0205482436 ISBN-10: 0205482430 Edition: 4th

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Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies, fourth edition, examines how other advanced industrial societies have dealt with social problems with relative success and looks at how these strategies may be applicable to the United States. For each social problem considered, several articles have been selected. These articles either describe the situation in a single country or in multiple countries, or expressly contrast the situation of a country or countries with the United States.

Comprised of thirty-six readings, this reader is divided into five parts:

  • Part One focuses on two important foundational issues–first, a comparison of the United States with other advanced industrial societies on a number of dimensions and, second, a consideration of why the United States fails to adopt social policies that appear to solve social problems elsewhere.
  • Part Two examines problems of inequality–poverty, income and wealth inequality, gender, sexual orientation, and age.
  • Part Three looks at institutional problems affecting families, schools, work, and health care.
  • Part Four concentrates on problems of people, resources, and places, focusing on cities and the environment.
  • Part Five addresses the attempts by societies to control individual deviance related to crime and drugs.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 4 edition (March 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205482430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205482436
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wraith on November 18, 2009
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There are some interesting points, but the book comes off as being a little too libral and making points and showing the facts that it wants. There were facts left out that intelligent readers should know were omitted that contradict certain findings.
Sometimes the percentages and straight numbers were overkill to read.
There were some very good and interesting points taken from other countries with solutions that were innovative, although the book seemed to determine that these were the 'correct' solutions and failed to factor in major differences in the societies and legal factors.
There were good points and interesting reads, but the half-truths and seemingly purposely omitted information seemed to look for an uncrittical audience to persuade the reader to the left. I feel that addressing the information that was not presented would have made the book more neutral and seem less bias.
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By Shalonda McFadden on November 27, 2013
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This text book helped me learn what I needed for class. And it came as it was described to me.
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