Social Problems in a Free Society: Myths, Absurdities, and Realities

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University Press of America, 2004 - 332 páginas
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The future of the sociologist's profession is jeopardized by an ongoing trend toward the politicization of sociology and the radicalization of social problems. This book calls for the rethinking of the culture of social, political, and economic liberty to create a resurgence of a sociological agenda. Social Problems in a Free Society offers an original perspective on social problems such as violations of the principles of individual rights and the free market. This book is a vision for reinvigorating the discipline in a fashion undreamt of within the wearisome strains of today's radical social problems theory.

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Índice

Invitation to Sociological Heresy
3
Political Ideology in the Sociology of Social Problems
7
An Individual Rights Perspective
21
Social Problems as Rights Violations
23
Leviathan
35
The Economic Problem
51
The Distribution of Wealth I The Outcomes of the Game
65
The Distribution of Wealth II When the Game Is Rigged
75
Environmental Concerns
167
The Prohibition Quagmire
183
The American Gun Culture
185
The War on Drugs
201
The Nanny State
215
Equality of Opportunity
231
Race and Racism
233
The Gender Question Women Men and Equality
249

Poverty in America
87
Violations of Personal and Property Rights
103
The Persistent Problem of Crime
105
Family Violence
119
Property Rights in the Earth
135
Population Growth
137
Are We Running Out of Resources?
153
When Individual Rights Clash
263
The Abortion Dilemma
265
Notes
281
Index
321
About the Author
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Myles J. Kelleher is Professor of Sociology at Bucks County Community College.

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