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Framing 21st Century Social Issues


About the Series

The goal of this new, unique Series is to offer readable, teachable "thinking frames" on today’s social problems and social issues by leading scholars, all in short 60 page or shorter formats, and available for view on http://routledge.customgateway.com/routledge-social-issues.html

For instructors teaching a wide range of courses in the social sciences, the Routledge Social Issues Collection now offers the best of both worlds: originally written short texts that provide "overviews" to important social issues as well as teachable excerpts from larger works previously published by Routledge and other presses.

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Myth and Reality in the U.S. Immigration Debate

Myth and Reality in the U.S. Immigration Debate

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Greg Prieto
September 18, 2020

"What part of illegal don’t you understand?" This oft-repeated slogan from immigration restrictionists illustrates the contentious quality of the immigration reform debate in the United States: a debate that has raged on unresolved since at least 1986 when our immigration system was last reformed. ...

Body Problems Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

Body Problems Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

2nd Edition

Ben Agger
August 14, 2019

Body Problems addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food culture. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses a growing, fundamental dilemma that we have ample access to ...

Changing Times for Black Professionals

Changing Times for Black Professionals

1st Edition

Adia Harvey Wingfield
December 27, 2010

This book is a study of the challenges, issues, and obstacles facing black professional workers in the United States. Though they have always been a part of the U.S. labor force, black professionals have often been overlooked in media, research, and public opinion. Ironically, however, their ...

Trans* Lives in the United States Challenges of Transition and Beyond

Trans* Lives in the United States Challenges of Transition and Beyond

1st Edition

Andrew Cutler Seeber
October 02, 2017

Being and becoming trans* is a complex and varied experience whether an individual is living openly as trans* or not. Few published studies in either the academic or popular press illuminate the challenges of living as a trans* person after medical and social transition are complete. Trans* Lives ...

How Ethical Systems Change: Abortion and Neonatal Care

How Ethical Systems Change: Abortion and Neonatal Care

1st Edition

Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine
December 16, 2011

Roe v. Wade came like a bolt from the blue, but support had been building for years. For many, the idea that life in the womb was not fully protected under the Constitution was simply not acceptable. Political campaigns were organized and protests launched, including the bombing of clinics and the ...

How Ethical Systems Change: Tolerable Suffering and Assisted Dying

How Ethical Systems Change: Tolerable Suffering and Assisted Dying

1st Edition

Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine
December 16, 2011

Medical advances prolong life. They also sometimes prolong suffering. Should we protect life or alleviate suffering? This dilemma formed the foundation for a powerful right-to-die movement and a counterbalancing concern over an emerging culture of death. What are the qualities of a life worth ...

Unequal Prospects Is Working Longer the Answer?

Unequal Prospects Is Working Longer the Answer?

1st Edition

Tay McNamara, John Williamson
March 06, 2013

In light of the recent financial crisis and changing economic landscape, McNamara and Williamson present and analyze the possibility of working longer. Including a range of potential policies (e.g., further increasing the age of eligibility for full Social Security benefits, allocating ...

Sex, Drugs, and Death Addressing Youth Problems in American Society

Sex, Drugs, and Death Addressing Youth Problems in American Society

1st Edition

Tammy L. Anderson
December 15, 2010

Sex, Drugs, and Death: Addressing Youth Problems in American Society explores how youth lifestyles, identity pursuits, behaviors and activities produce a wide range of social problems in contemporary society. The book focuses on the interconnections between three of the most significant youth ...

Empire Versus Democracy The Triumph of Corporate and Military Power

Empire Versus Democracy The Triumph of Corporate and Military Power

1st Edition

Carl Boggs
January 24, 2011

In Empire Versus Democracy, Carl Boggs traces the authoritarian trajectory of American politics since World War II, with emphasis on the growing concentration of corporate and military power that has accompanied the United States assumption of leading superpower on the world scene. The rise of the ...

DIY: The Search for Control and Self-Reliance in the 21st Century

DIY: The Search for Control and Self-Reliance in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Kevin Wehr
March 23, 2012

From the driveway mechanic to the backyard gardener, many diverse people are "doing it themselves" by building or repairing the stuff of their daily lives without the aid of experts. Do It Yourself uses Habermas’s colonization of the lifeworld as a frame and mobilizes Marx’s concepts of alienation ...

From Trafficking to Terror Constructing a Global Social Problem

From Trafficking to Terror Constructing a Global Social Problem

1st Edition

Pardis Mahdavi
October 07, 2013

A panic surrounds human trafficking and terrorism. The socially constructed 'war on terror’ and ‘war on trafficking’ are linked through discourses that not only combine the two, but help promote an anti-Muslim sentiment. Using ethnographic data and stories, From Trafficking to Terror presents the ...

Terror Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives

Terror Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives

1st Edition

Mark Worrell
December 13, 2012

About the Series The goal of this new, unique Series is to offer readable, teachable "thinking frames" on today’s social problems and social issues by leading scholars, all in short 60-page-or-shorter formats, and available for view on http://routledge.customgateway.com/routledge-social-issues.html...

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