Framing 21st Century Social Issues

Series Editor: France Winddance Twine

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.

  • Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream

    By Zulema Valdez

    The book's central focus explores several "myths" associated with American entrepreneurship: the idea that small business owners are "job creators"; that entrepreneurs are the "backbone" or "engine" of the economy; that entrepreneurship provides a path of economic mobility for immigrants, ethnic…

    Paperback – 2015-12-15 
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  • The Global Beauty Industry

    Colorism, Racism, and the National Body

    By Meeta Rani Jha

    The Global Beauty Industry is an interdisciplinary text that uses beauty to explore topics of gender, race, class, colorism, nation, bodies, multiculturalism, transnationalism, and intersectionality. Integrating materials from a wide range of cultural and geo-political contexts, it coalesces with…

    Paperback – 2015-09-22 
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  • Hate Crime

    A Global Perspective

    By Paul Iganski, Jack Levin

    This short, accessible text takes on the global and pervasive phenomenon of hate crimes and hypothesizes potential fixes. Iganski and Levin detail evidence of hate violence in the 21st century, particularly religious hatred, ethnic, racial and xenophobic hatred, violence on the basis of sexual…

    Paperback – 2015-04-09
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  • Outsourcing the Womb

    Race, Class and Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market, 2nd Edition

    By France Winddance Twine

    Through case studies, Outsourcing the Womb, Second Edition provides a critical analysis and global tour of the international surrogacy landscape in Egypt, India, China, Japan, Israel, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States. By providing a comparative analysis of countries that have very…

    Paperback – 2015-04-01
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  • Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age

    2nd Edition

    By Ben Agger

    People ‘overshare’ when they interact with others through the screens of computers and smartphones. Oversharing means to divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions and sexuality than they would in person, or even over the phone. Text messaging, Facebooking, tweeting, camming, blogging, online…

    Paperback – 2015-02-10
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  • Social Problems

    A Human Rights Perspective

    By Eric Bonds

    This short book lays out a new definition for what constitutes a social problem: the violation of a group’s human rights, which are understood as commonly upheld standards about what people deserve and should be protected from in life. Evaluating U.S. society from an international human rights…

    Paperback – 2014-06-16
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  • The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics

    By Krystal Beamon, Chris M. Messer

    Sports are an integral part of American society. Millions of dollars are spent every year on professional, collegiate, and youth athletics, and participation in and viewing of these sports both alter and reflect how one perceives the world. Beamon and Messer deftly explore sports as a social…

    Paperback – 2013-11-14
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  • Identity Problems in the Facebook Era

    By Daniel Trottier

    How have new social media altered how individuals present themselves? What dilemmas have they introduced? In the age of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of instant communication, individuals are losing (or relinquishing) control over their personal information! Trottier provides a trenchant…

    Paperback – 2013-11-08
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  • The Pains of Mass Imprisonment

    By Benjamin Fleury-Steiner, Jamie G Longazel

    This concise and engaging book presents a critical perspective on the correctional system and the process of incarceration in the United States. Fleury-Steiner and Longazel emphasize the magnitude of mass imprisonment in the United States, especially of people of color, not by objective statistics…

    Paperback – 2013-10-10
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  • From Trafficking to Terror

    Constructing a Global Social Problem

    By Pardis Mahdavi

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-10-07
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  • Unequal Prospects

    Is Working Longer the Answer?

    By Tay McNamara, John Williamson

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-03-06
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  • Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex

    Crime and Incarceration in the 21st Century

    By Kevin Wehr, Elyshia Aseltine

    This short text, ideal for Social Problems and Criminal Justice courses, examines the American prison system, its conditions, and its impact on society. Wehr and Aseltine define the prison industrial complex and explain how the current prison system is a contemporary social problem. They conclude…

    Paperback – 2013-02-25
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  • Girls with Guns

    Firearms, Feminism, and Militarism

    By France Winddance Twine

    A nuanced understanding of state violence and gender (in)equalities must consider the varied and contradictory experiences of armed civilian women, female soldiers, and opponents of gun possession. How is ‘feminism’ and ‘femininity’ negotiated in the early 21st century by civilian and military…

    Paperback – 2013-01-25
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  • Torture

    A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights

    By Lisa Hajjar

    Torture is indisputably abhorrent.  Why, you might ask, would you even want to think or read about torture? That is a very good question, and one this book addresses in a compelling and enlightening way. Torture is a very important issue, not least because millions of people around the world…

    Paperback – 2012-12-18
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  • Terror

    Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives

    By Mark Worrell

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-12-13
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  • DIY: The Search for Control and Self-Reliance in the 21st Century

    By Kevin Wehr

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-03-23
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  • Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives

    The Power of Race, Class, and Gender

    By Natalia Sarkisian, Naomi Gerstel

    Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives shows how the current emphasis on the nuclear family – with its exclusion of the extended family – is narrow, even deleterious, and misses much of family life. This omission is tied to gender, race, and class. This book is broken down into six…

    Paperback – 2012-03-08
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  • Disposable Youth: Racialized Memories, and the Culture of Cruelty

    By Henry A. Giroux

    Facing a crisis unlike that of any other generation, young people are caught between the discourses of consumerism and a powerful crime-control-complex, and are viewed increasingly as commodities or are subjected to the dictates of an ever expanding criminal justice system. Drawing upon critical…

    Paperback – 2012-02-22
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  • Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care

    By David A. Rochefort, Kevin P Donnelly

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act marked a watershed in U.S. health policy, but controversy over its passage rages on, and much uncertainty surrounds the law’s transformation from blueprint into operational program. How can the experience of other nations help us to reconcile the…

    Paperback – 2012-02-15
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  • Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age

    By Ben Agger

    People ‘overshare’ when they interact with others through the screens of computers and smartphones. Oversharing means to divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions and sexuality than they would in person, or even over the phone. Text messaging, Facebooking, tweeting, camming, blogging, online…

    Paperback – 2012-02-06
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  • Due Process Denied: Detentions and Deportations in the United States

    By Tanya Golash-Boza

    Due process protections are among the most important Constitutional protections in the United States, yet they do not apply to non-citizens facing detention and deportation. Due Process Denied describes the consequences of this lack of due process through the stories of deportees and detainees.…

    Paperback – 2012-02-06
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  • How Ethical Systems Change: Abortion and Neonatal Care

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-12-16
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  • How Ethical Systems Change: Tolerable Suffering and Assisted Dying

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-12-16
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  • How Ethical Systems Change: Eugenics, the Final Solution, Bioethics

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Julie Beicken

    Mandatory sterilization laws enacted in dozens of states coast-to-coast and approved by the U.S. Supreme Court formed the initial pillar for what became the Final Solution. Following WWII, there was renewed interest in a more inclusive view of social worth and the autonomy of the individual. Social…

    Paperback – 2011-12-15
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  • How Ethical Systems Change: Lynching and Capital Punishment

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Danielle Dirks

    Slavery, lynching and capital punishment were interwoven in the United States and by the mid-twentieth century these connections gave rise to a small but well-focused reform movement. Biased and perfunctory procedures were replaced by prolonged trials and appeals, which some found messy and…

    Paperback – 2011-12-15
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  • Outsourcing the Womb

    Race, Class and Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market

    By France Winddance Twine

    A quiet revolution has been taking place during the past three decades. The way that children enter families has changed radically among upper middle class families. In the 1980s infertility increasing became defined as a medical problem that could be solved with assisted reproductive technologies…

    Paperback – 2011-02-23
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  • Rapid Climate Change

    Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

    By Scott G. McNall

    The book reviews the science of climate change and explains why it is one of the most difficult problems humanity has ever tackled. Climate change is a "wicked" problem bound up with problems of population growth, environmental degradation, and world problems of growing social and economic…

    Paperback – 2011-01-29
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  • Empire Versus Democracy

    The Triumph of Corporate and Military Power

    By Carl Boggs

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-01-24
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  • Changing Times for Black Professionals

    By Adia Harvey Wingfield

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-12-27
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  • The Future of Higher Education

    By Dan Clawson, Max Page

    Higher education is more important than ever, for individual success and for national economic growth. And yet higher education in the United States is in crisis: public funding has been in free fall; tuition has skyrocketed making colleges and universities less accessible; basic structures such as…

    Paperback – 2010-12-27
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  • Contentious Identities

    Ethnic, Religious and National Conflicts in Today's World

    By Daniel Chirot

    This book analyzes widespread global ethnic conflicts that tear asunder nations and regions, such as the former Yugoslavia. Dan Chirot casts his analysis in a discussion of the conflict between national and ethnic identity, discovering that ethnic identity, rooted in centuries of tradition and…

    Paperback – 2010-12-21
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  • Waste and Consumption

    Capitalism, the Environment, and the Life of Things

    By Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi

    This book examines the link between waste and consumption through a cultural approach that integrates environmental concerns with reflections on the role that consumption has come to occupy in our contemporary capitalist societies. The mutual relationship between capitalism and consumption is…

    Paperback – 2010-12-21
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  • Why Nations Go to War

    A Sociology of Military Conflict

    By Mark P. Worrell

    The United States has been involved in many wars, sometimes for noble causes like defeating Nazism, and, at other times, it has compromised its own ideals, leading to a lot of soul searching and regrets. Some wars are celebrated as glorious achievements (World War II), some are ‘forgotten’ (Korea),…

    Paperback – 2010-12-21
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  • Body Problems

    Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

    By Ben Agger

    This book addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food society. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses the dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories but…

    Paperback – 2010-12-15
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  • Sex, Drugs, and Death

    Addressing Youth Problems in American Society

    By Tammy L. Anderson

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-12-15
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  • The Problem of Emotions in Societies

    By Jonathan Turner

    Like any other valued resource, emotions are distributed unequally. Moreover, emotions are a generalized resource because they give people the confidence, or lack of confidence, to secure additional types of resources. Thus, this distribution of emotions roughly corresponds to the shares of others…

    Paperback – 2010-12-15
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  • The Stupidity Epidemic

    Worrying About Students, Schools, and America’s Future

    By Joel Best

    Critics often warn that American schools are failing, and that our students are ill-prepared for the challenges the future holds, and may even be "the dumbest generation." We can think of these claims as warning about a Stupidity Epidemic. This essay begins by tracing the history of the idea of…

    Paperback – 2010-12-15
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