Modern society is beset by a vast range of problems - such as poverty, homelessness and terrorism - that cause immense suffering for a significant number of people. These social problems both reflect and contribute to wider inequalities; consequently, in order to develop a true understanding of them, we must consider the social injustices with which they are inextricably linked.
In this ground-breaking text, Neil Thompson turns his attention to the range of complex issues relating to social problems and social justice, and the relationship between them. With the help of engaging features that have become synonymous with his books, Thompson provides a clear exploration of some key social problems currently challenging us, analysis of the connection between social problems and social justice, and a review of how social policy initiatives to tackle these issues have fared to date.
Innovative and absorbing, Social Problems and Social Justice is essential reading for students and practitioners across a wide range of social science disciplines and the social professions.
Professor Neil Thompson is a highly respected writer and developer of online learning resources, with over 39 years' experience in the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities and is currently visiting professor at Wrexham Glyndwr University in Wales where he is involved in running the MSc Advanced Practice in the Human Services online programme. He also runs the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an online learning community and tutorial group for people professionals. Connect with Neil online at www.neilthompson.info.
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Part 1: Understanding Social Problems and Social Justice.- Chapter 2: Making Sense of Social Problems.- Chapter 3: Making Sense of Social Justice.- Part 2: Analysing Social Problems and Social Justice.- Chapter 4: Poverty, Deprivation and Debt.- Chapter 5: Unemployment.- Chapter 6: Housing Problems and Homelessness.- Chapter 7: Crime and Anti-social Behaviour.- Chapter 8: Abuse.- Chapter 9: Mental Health Problems.- Chapter 10: Problematic drug use.- Chapter 11: Terrorism.- Chapter 12: Destruction of Habitat.- Part 3: Addressing Social Problems and Social Justice.- Chapter 13: Efforts to Date.- Chapter 14: Future Avenues.