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Social Problems: Continuity and Change

Version 2.0 By: Steven E. Barkan
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Key Features:

  • Includes COVID-19 Updates.
  • Many social problems texts leave students feeling despair about the persistence of such problems. As the subtitle of the text implies, this text stresses this persistence but also points to the possibilities for beneficial social change.
  • Although poverty and racial and gender inequalities are the subjects of their own chapters, these three sources of inequality inform the discussion throughout the text.
  • Each social problem is examined through the lens of three theoretical perspectives: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.
  • Rich and useful learning strategies embedded in the book include:
    • “Social Problems in the News” stories begin each chapter to engage students’ attention and help them begin thinking about the chapter’s topic.
    • “Learning Objectives” begin each chapter section and alert the reader to important points.
    • “Key Takeaways” end each section to mirror the preceding Learning Objectives and highlight major points.
    • “People Making a Difference” accounts highlight the actions of individuals in effecting social change.
    • “For Your Review” boxes pose questions to prompt learners to think about key issues.
    • “Using What You Know” vignettes at the end of every chapter encourage students to apply what they have learned to a potential real-life situation.


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Social Problems: Continuity and Change, Version 2.0 is suitable for undergraduate courses called Social Problems or similar titles such as Issues in American Society or Problems in Society taught in sociology departments in either two- or four-year colleges and universities.

Social Problems: Continuity and Change, Version 2.0 explores the nature and extent of social problems in America while examining realistic options for positively addressing these challenges. Version 2.0 reflects the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it brings into greater focus many long-term and persistent challenges present in American society.

New in This Version:

Thoroughly updated throughout with recent data, new examples, and current events, including:

  • Extensive coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic: its disproportionate impact on minorities, low-income Americans, urban dwellers, and those in service occupations; resulting unemployment; unequal access to health care during the crisis; challenges of childcare in a lockdown; domestic violence and crime during shelter-in-place directives; heightened vulnerability of seniors, particularly those in nursing facilities; greater exposure to those involved with the prison system; and more. 
  • New “Social Problems in the News” stories for every chapter and many new “People Making a Difference” accounts.
  • New discussion of immigrant violence and social constructionism (Ch.1), new discussion of health care for undocumented immigrants and social change resulting from policymaking (Ch. 1); updated poverty data (Ch. 2), issues with making SNAP work (Ch. 2); new material on antebellum slavery (Ch. 3), new discussion of health issues arising from increased ethnic prejudice in current political climate (Ch. 3); updated data on gender inequality (Ch. 4); updated data on  discrimination against the LGBTQ community (Ch.5); added coverage of food insecurity among older Americans (Ch. 6); updated statistics on drug and alcohol abuse (Ch. 7); updated crime and criminal justice data (Ch.8), new material on racial differences in police brutality victimization (Ch. 8), new “Applying Social Research” box on immigration and crime (Ch. 8); new data on sexual behavior (Ch.9); updated family data and new research on cohabitation (Ch. 10); updated education data (Ch. 11); new work and labor data (Ch. 12); and new information on health and health care (Ch. 13).

All Instructor Supplements will be available by June 30, 2020.

Homework System for this title will be live by June 30, 2020.

All Instructor Supplements will be available by June 30, 2020.

Homework System for this title will be live by June 30, 2020.
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Steve barkan

Steven E. Barkan University of Maine - Orono

Steven E. Barkan (PhD State University of New York at Stonybrook) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at The University of Maine. He is the author of four FlatWorld titles (Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World comprehensive and brief versions, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, and Social Problems). Steve has also authored more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in publications such as the American Sociological Review; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; Mobilization; Review of Religious Research; Social Forces; Social Problems; Social Science Quarterly; and Sociological Forum. Steve is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; was recently elected to the council of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society; and is past president of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). Steve has also received an “Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences” at the University of Maine and two Textbook Excellence Awards from TAA. Steve sincerely hopes that faculty and students enjoy reading his books in the formats of their choice and welcomes comments at

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