Understanding Social Problems looks at the key social problems confronting contemporary society, ranging from child poverty and divorce to community safety and drug abuse. Each chapter is written by an expert in that particular field. Contributors examine how social problems have been conceptualized within sociology and social policy and the varying approaches of policy analysts. The book includes substantive studies of current and emerging issues and explores the role of the media in the presentation and discussion of social problems and policy responses. It also highlights the links between the analysis of social problems and policy formation.
Accessible, student–friendly, and with a range of helpful pedagogical tools, Understanding Social Problems fills an important gap in the textbook literature.
List of Tables.
About the Contributors.
Guide to the Book.
Social Problems in Social Policy: An Introduction (Margaret May, Robert Page and Edward Brunsdon).
PART ONE. STUDYING SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
1. Social Problems: Sociological Perspectives (John Clarke).
2. The Exploration of Social Problems in the Field of Social Policy (Robert Page).
PART TWO. SOCIAL POLICY, SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
3. Family Change and Lone Parents as a Social Problem (Jane Lewis).
4. Caring and Dependency: Age and Disability (John Baldock).
5. Domestic Violence (Lorraine Radford).
Poverty and Social Exclusion.
6. The Changing Face of Poverty (David Donnison).
7. Child Poverty and the Policy Response (Karen Rowlingson).
8. Homelessness (Mark Liddiard).
9. Income and Wealth (Paul Spicker).
10. Health Inequalities (Helen Jones).
11. Mental Disorder (Pauline Prior).
12. Problematic Identities and Health (David Kelleher).
13. The Problematic Community (Susanne MacGregor).
14. Safe and Sound? Crime, Disorder and Community Safety Policies (Dee Cook).
15. Drugs and Drug Misuse (Arthur Gould).
PART THREE. REPORTING SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
16. Press–Ganged! Media Reporting of Social Work and Child Abuse (Bob Franklin and Nigel Parton).
17. Defrauding the Community? The Abuse of Welfare (Hartley Dean).
18. Ways of Seeing: The News Media and Racist Violence (Eugene MLaughlin and Karim Murji).
PART FOUR. CONSUMER PROTECTION IN SOCIAL POLICY.
19. Protecting the Vulnerable : Welfare and Consumer Protection (Margaret May).
20. Food and the Environment (Meg Huby).
"This book is a most useful addition to the literature available to students" Professor Michael Hill, Goldsmith′s College, University of London.
"This new essay collection makes a distinctive contribution to the literature of British social policy...Justice cannot otherwise be done to 20 essays in a brief review but, taken together, they add up to an excellent volume." Community Care
"Students...will find much to engage and encourage them in this book." Lester Parrott, North East Wales Institute.