Social Problems, 9th edition

  • John J. Macionis

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Social Problems focuses on how people construct problems, and how they develop potential solutions, based on their political attitudes. Encouraging readers to develop their own positions, author John Macionis helps you attain the knowledge to engage in solving social problems through activism and political discussion.

The 9th Edition has been updated to reflect the events, trends and policy changes that are transforming society. Contemporary topics include the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transgender revolution’s impact on how we think about sex and gender. An updated chapter wholly dedicated to social media emphasizes how this important form of communication and culture impacts society.

Published by Pearson (January 25th 2024) - Copyright © 2025

ISBN-13: 9780138102708

Subject: Sociology

Category: Social Problems


Part 1: Sociology’s Basic Approach

  1. Sociology: Studying Social Problems

Part 2: Problems of Social Inequality

  1. Economic Inequality
  2. Racial and Ethnic Inequality
  3. Gender Inequality
  4. Sexuality and Inequality
  5. Aging and Inequality

Part 3: Problems of Deviance, Conformity and Well-Being

  1. Crime, Violence and Criminal Justice
  2. Alcohol and Other Drugs
  3. Physical and Mental Health

Part 4: Problems of Social Institutions

  1. Social Media
  2. Economy and Politics
  3. Work and the Workplace
  4. Family Life
  5. Education
  6. Urban Life

Part 5: Global Problems

  1. Population and Global Inequality
  2. Technology and the Environment
  3. War and Terrorism

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