Think Social Problems (2e) : 9780205125623

Think Social Problems (2e)

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THINK Social Problems is informed with the latest research and the most contemporary examples, allowing you to bring current events directly into your classroom with little additional work.


An engaging visual design developed with extensive student feedback and 12-15 page chapters makes THINK Social Problems the textbook your students will actually read. This student-friendly text delivers the core concepts of Social Problems in a way they can easily understand. 


The 2nd edition includes three new chapters: “Economy and Work,” “Politics,” and “Sex and Social Problems Related to Sexuality.”

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: The Study of Social Problems
  • Chapter 2: Inequality: Poverty and Wealth
  • Chapter 3: Race and Immigration
  • Chapter 4: Gender
  • Chapter 5: Aging: Social Problems of Growing Old
  • Chapter 6: Media and Technology
  • Chapter 7: Economy and Work
  • Chapter 8: Politics
  • Chapter 9: Problems in Education
  • Chapter 10: Physical and Mental Health Care
  • Chapter 11: Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Chapter 12: Sex and Social Problems Related to Sexuality
  • Chapter 13: Crime
  • Chapter 14: Criminal Justice
  • Chapter 15: Social Problems of Marriage and Family
  • Chapter 16: Urbanization: Social Problems from the Growth of Cities
  • Chapter 17: Globalization and Inequality
  • Chapter 18: Population Problems
  • Chapter 19: Environment
  • Chapter 20: War and Terrorism
New to this edition


  • New and updated tables, photos, data, and references appear throughout the text.
  • New opening articles appear at the beginning of many chapters.
  • There are three new chapters:
    •  “Economy and Work” (ex. pg. 96)
    • “Politics” (ex. pg. 112)
    • “Sex and Social Problems Related to Sexuality” (ex. pg. 170)
  • The section on Research Methods has been updated to include a discussion on flash mobs (ex. pg. 3-4).
  • A new “Pros and Cons” feature on the death penalty is included (ex. pg. 211).
  • Updated research and global referencing throughout the text as well as new global features (ex. pg. 57).  


  • MySearchLab can be packaged with this text.
    • MySearchLab provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
    • Assessment – Chapter quizzes and flashcards offer immediate feedback and report directly to the gradebook.
    • Writing and Research – A wide range of writing, grammar and research tools and access to a variety of academic journals, census data, Associated Press newsfeeds, and discipline-specific readings help you hone your writing and research skills.


  • New “Make Connections” boxes have been added throughout the text (ex. pg. 194).


  • Updated research and global referencing appear throughout the text and new global features have been added.


Features & benefits


  • A standard chapter format makes Social Problems accessible to students and encourages them to develop solutions for each problem. Every chapter follows this 3-step process:
    • Get the Topic (ex. pg. 40)
    • Think Social Problems (ex. pg. 46) 
    • Discover Solutions to Social Problems (ex. pg. 47)


  • Social theories of Feminism, Environmental, and Exchange theory are included in select chapters throughout the text.
  • From Classroom to Community feature allows students to act and think like a sociologist (ex. pg. 51).


  • Engaging visual design appeals to today's students and offers a clean, open look in full- colour with exciting info-graphics and minimal boxes.
  • The book’s 20 chapters are informed by the latest research and the most current events.
  •  Twelve-fifteen page chapter length keeps students focused and engaged.
  •  The text is less than half the cost of most introductory Social Problems textbooks.
  • Downloadable individual audio chapters contain the entire chapter. This version is ideal for students when they are commuting, working out, etc.
  • Making Connections boxes look at media issues or other “hot topic” issues and illuminate with a sociological understanding. This feature helps students make connections with sociology, their world, and their community (ex. pg. 63).


  • Every chapter has a theory info-graphic called Wrap Your Mind Around the Theory, which is a picture/graphic that visually discusses the three main sociological paradigms (ex. pg. 75).


  • Global comparisons are found throughout the text. There is also a Go Global box in every chapter that closely examines specific issues (ex. pg. 87).
Author biography

John Carl's interest in sociology grew from his interests and job experiences after college, which included working in hospitals, schools, churches and prisons. John reflects, “In these many diverse encounters I continued to notice how often the structures of society often did not support the change so desperately sought after by the individual.  I began to reflect on my sociology courses from my undergraduate work and decided to return to graduate school to study sociology.”


Returning to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, he became passionate about the study of Criminology and Stratification completing his Ph.D. while teaching full time at Rose State College.  John says, “I found that every part of my life to this point, fit perfectly with the study of sociology.  It is a diverse and exciting field that helps a person understand their world.”


Today, teaching remains his primary focus. John Carl has excelled in the classroom, winning awards for his teaching and working to build and improve the sociology program at Rose State.  “I teach the introductory class every semester because I believe it is the most important course in any department.  It is where students get the foundation they need for their continued study of sociology.  In these classes, my goal is simple.  To teach students to think sociologically so that they can consider any new event in the light of that thought.” 


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