2nd Edition

Social Problems in the UK An Introduction

Edited By Stuart Isaacs Copyright 2021
    216 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social Problems in the UK: An Introduction contextualises the most pressing social problems of our times drawing upon the disciplines of sociology, social policy, education studies and health studies. This much-needed textbook brings together a comprehensive range of expertise in the applied social sciences to discuss the social myths and moral panics that surround many popular debates. This is an accessible text that carefully guides students through the methodology of social construction and related theories to introduce key topics in the areas of:

    • ‘Race’ and ethnicity
    • The future of work
    • Poverty and homelessness
    • Inequalities in education
    • Health, public health and mental health
    • Ageing and the ‘third age’

    This completely revised and up-to-date second edition covers the most urgent social issues facing the UK today, including an analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Covid-19 health crisis and the new ‘gig’ economy. The second edition maintains the accessible style and easy-to-read format of the first edition, integrated with Key Points and Further Reading elements to further aid student learning. Situated firmly in the new post-pandemic, post-Brexit world, this text contains new chapters on all the most pressing questions raised in the media and in public debates. It will help readers understand the background and broader context of the UK’s key social problems.

    1. Introduction

    Stuart Isaacs

    2. Understanding and Defining Social Problems

    Stuart Isaacs

    3. Black Lives Matter, Decolonisation, and the Legacy of African Enslavement

    William Lez Henry

    4. Health, Public Health, and Health Inequalities

    Jane Thomas, Salim Vohra and Sean Tunney

    5. Ageing

    Norman Ginsburg

    6. Issues of Gender, ‘Race’ and Social Class in Education

    Jessie A. Bustillos Morales and Sandra Abegglen

    7. Childhood and Education

    David Blundell

    8. Precarious Work, the New ‘Gig Economy’ and Unemployment

    Brian McDonough

    9. Poverty

    Stuart Isaacs

    10. Researching Social Problems

    Anne Foley


    Stuart Isaacs is a senior lecturer in the social sciences at the University of West London. He is the contributing editor of European Social Problems (2017) and Social Problems in the UK: An Introduction (2015). He is also co-author of Contemporary Political Theorists in Context (2009) and Political Theorists in Context (2004), as well as the sole author of The Politics and Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (2006), all published by Routledge. His research interests are in political and social theory.