The global high-tech economy has generated a technological and scientific productive miracle. But along with the miracle has come problems. Social Problems in Global Perspective focuses on some of these problems, including family decline, divorce and single parenting; the gender war- with men and women distrustful and threatened by one another in the workplace, the home, and the bedroom- the moral malaise created by science and religion, the media, and morality. This book presents detailed chapters on the high-tech economy, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, and ethnic conflicts. It also includes chapters on homosexuality and AIDS, the world population explosion, and pop culture.
Ronald M. Glassman is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from New School University and has written many books on democracy and the middle class. William H. Swatos, Jr. is Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Religious Research Association. His doctorate in Sociology was earned at the University of Kentucky. Barbara J. Denison is Assistant Professor of Sociology and directs the Graduate Program in Organizational Leadership & Development at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She completed her doctoral degree in Sociology at Northwestern University under Howard Becker.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Prologue: Globalization and Social Problems: Has the High Technology Revolution Made Life Better or Worse? Chapter 3 Sociology, Social Problems, and the New Global Culture Chapter 4 Doing Something About Social Problems: Facts, Values, and Political Reality Chapter 5 World Religions on a Shrinking Planet: The Scientific World View and Reactions to it- Fundamentalist Movements, Cults, and Secular Humanism Chapter 6 Marriage and Family: Love and Hate?: The Decline of the Extended Family, Women's Liberation, and Divorce Chapter 7 Life Chances, Life Choices: Rape, Unwanted Pregnancy, and Abortion Chapter 8 Sexualities and Beyond: Gays, Lesbians, and gender in the Global World; AIDS as a Social Problem Chapter 9 Societal Time Bombs: The Population Explosions and Ageism Chapter 10 High Technology, Universal Health Insurance, and Wellness Chapter 11 Class Structures and Poverty in Global Perspective Chapter 12 Hunger and Homelessness Around the World Chapter 13 Education in a Multicultural World Chapter 14 The Culture of Violence: Crime and Success in the USA and Around the World Chapter 15 Growing Up Drugged: Human Anxieties and Escape from Reality Chapter 16 The Politics of Ethnic Warfare and Global Terrorism Chapter 17 Bibliography Chapter 18 About the Authors