The future of the sociologist's profession is jeopardized by an ongoing trend toward the politicization of sociology and the radicalization of social problems. This book calls for the rethinking of the culture of social, political, and economic liberty to create a resurgence of a sociological agenda. Social Problems in a Free Society offers an original perspective on social problems such as violations of the principles of individual rights and the free market. This book is a vision for reinvigorating the discipline in a fashion undreamt of within the wearisome strains of today's radical social problems theory.
Myles J. Kelleher is Professor of Sociology at Bucks County Community College.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Problem of the Sociology of Social Problems: Invitation to Sociological Heresy; Political Ideology in the Sociology of Social Problems Chapter 3 An Individual Rights Perspective: Social Problems as Rights Violations; Leviathan Chapter 4 Wealth and Poverty: The Economic Problem; The Distribution of Wealth I: The Outcomes of the Game; The Distribution of Wealth II: When the Game is Rigged; Poverty in America Chapter 5 Violations of Personal and Property Rights: The Persistent Problem of Crime; Family Violence Chapter 6 Property Rights in the Earth: Population Growth; Are We Running Out of Resources?; Environmental Concerns Chapter 7 The Prohibition Quagmire: The American Gun Culture; The War on Drugs; The Nanny State Chapter 8 Equality of Opportunity: Race and Racism; The Gender Question: Women, Men, and Equality Chapter 9 When Individual Rights Clash: The Abortion Dilemma Chapter 10 Notes Chapter 11 Index Chapter 12 About the Author