Social Problems in the UK: An Introduction is the first textbook on contemporary social issues to contextualise social problems within the disciplines of sociology, social policy, criminology and applied social science. Drawing on the research and teaching experience of academics in these areas, this much-needed textbook brings together a comprehensive range of expertise. Social Problems in the UK discusses the strengthening and changing character of social construction, providing a new and invigorated way of studying the issues for all social science students. This clear, accessible textbook guides students in approaching the methodology, theory and research of social problems, and introduces the key topics in the area:
Social Problems in the UK provides a number of helpful pedagogical features for ease of teaching and learning, including: case studies; links to data sources; textboxes highlighting examples, key figures etc.; study questions, and tips on how to undertake literature reviews and use journals and databases.
'This innovative and bang up-to-date introductory text offers students an accessible entry point to contemporary social problems and the social science 'business' of analysing just what does and does not count as a social problem and why. Research is used to illuminate problems and to gently demonstrate the application of pertinent theoretical insights without resorting to jargon and dry discourse. This is an engaging way to introduce new students to their undergraduate studies and make them feel at ease with complex ideas before graduating to the heavier tomes. The revision notes, tasks and questions at the end of the chapters give students an opportunity to interrogate the reading further and the subject matter more widely. Additional chapters that, for example, directly address social inequalities should be considered in any later editions. However, as it is, I am sure this will prove to be a popular text for first year students and their lecturers.' Dr Deborah Holman, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University
1.Introduction 2.Understanding and Defining Social Problems, 3. Researching Social Problems, 4. Poverty, 5.Work and Unemployment, 6. Migration, 7. Childhood and Education, 8.Organised Crime and It’s Policing, 9.Youth Gangs, 10. Conclusion