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Social issues & processes

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Hunger and Food Assistance Policy in the United States

Hunger and Food Assistance Policy in the United States

Author: Regina Galer-Unti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2021

Originally published in 1995. This study collects and analyses the results of hunger studies carried out in the United States during the 1980s, whether national, state or local. It also reviews the history and development of food assistance programs and policy. This is an unusual and fascinating study of public health policy which employs meta-analysis to investigate the sociodemographic factors affecting those seeking food assistance and draws recommendations for future studies and to feed into policy decisions.

Movie-Made Appalachia

Movie-Made Appalachia

Author: John C. Inscoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2021

While Hollywood deserves its reputation for much-maligned portrayals of southern highlanders on screen, the film industry also deserves credit for a long-standing tradition of more serious and meaningful depictions of Appalachia's people. Surveying some two dozen films and the literary and historical sources from which they were adapted, John C. Inscoe argues that in the American imagination Appalachia has long represented far more than deprived and depraved hillbillies. Rather, the films he highlights serve as effective conduits into the region's past, some grounded firmly in documented realities and life stories, others only loosely so. In either case, they deserve more credit than they have received for creating sympathetic and often complex characters who interact within families, households, and communities amidst a wide array of historical contingencies. They provide credible and informative narratives that respect the specifics of the times and places in which they are set. Having used many of these movies as teaching tools in college classrooms, Inscoe demonstrates the cumulative effect of analyzing them in terms of shared themes and topics to convey far more generous insights into Appalachia and its history than one would have expected to emerge from southern California's dream factory.

Movie-Made Appalachia

Movie-Made Appalachia

Author: John C. Inscoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2021

While Hollywood deserves its reputation for much-maligned portrayals of southern highlanders on screen, the film industry also deserves credit for a long-standing tradition of more serious and meaningful depictions of Appalachia's people. Surveying some two dozen films and the literary and historical sources from which they were adapted, John C. Inscoe argues that in the American imagination Appalachia has long represented far more than deprived and depraved hillbillies. Rather, the films he highlights serve as effective conduits into the region's past, some grounded firmly in documented realities and life stories, others only loosely so. In either case, they deserve more credit than they have received for creating sympathetic and often complex characters who interact within families, households, and communities amidst a wide array of historical contingencies. They provide credible and informative narratives that respect the specifics of the times and places in which they are set. Having used many of these movies as teaching tools in college classrooms, Inscoe demonstrates the cumulative effect of analyzing them in terms of shared themes and topics to convey far more generous insights into Appalachia and its history than one would have expected to emerge from southern California's dream factory.

Cities and Homelessness

Cities and Homelessness

Author: Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2021

Homelessness in America's cities remains an intractable and growing problem. Challenges facing the homeless today the same as in years past: poverty, tenuous ties to family and friends or none, debilitating physical and mental health issues, and substance abuse. Compared to the 1950s-1970s, more homeless are sleeping on city streets versus in shelters or single room hotels. Homelessness rates are affected by economic trends, lack of affordable healthcare and housing, decline in public assistance programs and natural and man-made disasters. This collection of essays covers case studies, innovations, practices and policies of municipalities coping with homelessness in the 21st century.

Science under Fire

Science under Fire

Author: Andrew Jewett Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2021

Americans have long been suspicious of experts and elites. This new history explains why so many have believed that science has the power to corrupt American culture. Americans today are often skeptical of scientific authority. Many conservatives dismiss climate change and Darwinism as liberal fictions, arguing that tenured radicals have coopted the sciences and other disciplines. Some progressives, especially in the universities, worry that science's celebration of objectivity and neutrality masks its attachment to Eurocentric and patriarchal values. As we grapple with the implications of climate change and revolutions in fields from biotechnology to robotics to computing, it is crucial to understand how scientific authority functions-and where it has run up against political and cultural barriers. Science under Fire reconstructs a century of battles over the cultural implications of science in the United States. Andrew Jewett reveals a persistent current of criticism which maintains that scientists have injected faulty social philosophies into the nation's bloodstream under the cover of neutrality. This charge of corruption has taken many forms and appeared among critics with a wide range of social, political, and theological views, but common to all is the argument that an ideologically compromised science has produced an array of social ills. Jewett shows that this suspicion of science has been a major force in American politics and culture by tracking its development, varied expressions, and potent consequences since the 1920s. Looking at today's battles over science, Jewett argues that citizens and leaders must steer a course between, on the one hand, the naive image of science as a pristine, value-neutral form of knowledge, and, on the other, the assumption that scientists' claims are merely ideologies masquerading as truths.

Equality

Equality

Author: Francois Levrau Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

'Equality' as an ideal has a long history, and while some progress has obviously been made, the persistence of certain inequalities is remarkable. In order to draw a detailed picture of equality's nature, value, relevance, and scope, this book provides a multidisciplinary analysis. Using a classic three part framework, the book looks at the macro level (broader systemic, historical, conceptual, societal and European level), the meso level (concrete social institutions such as the labour market and the welfare state) and the micro level of the individuals and their relations and thoughts about equality (psychological reactions, cultural depictions and sociological analyses). The chapters not only provide an overview of the state of equality, but also identify promising areas of future research, and will be of interest to students and scholars across a number of fields including European studies, history, law, political philosophy, psychology, sociology and economics.

Handbuch Gesundheitssoziologie

Handbuch Gesundheitssoziologie

Author: Peter Kriwy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2021

Das Handbuch leistet einen UEberblick zu zentralen Themen der Gesundheitssoziologie. Die Abschnitte berucksichtigen dabei die Ebene der handelnden Akteure (Mikroebene), die Mesoebene der Organisationen sowie die Makroebene der Gesundheitssysteme und Gesundheitspolitik. Zudem werden internationale Vergleiche aufgezeigt. Ziel der einzelnen Beitrage ist es, sowohl die theoretischen Grundlagen eines Themas darzustellen als auch eine UEbersicht zum Forschungsstand zu liefern. Die Beitrage eignen sich daher insbesondere fur eine Einfuhrung in die Themen im Rahmen der Lehre, aber auch als Ausgangspunkt fur vertiefende Forschung. Zielgruppen des Handbuchs sind Forschende und Studierende der Soziologie mit Schwerpunkt Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheits- und Medizinsoziologie, Public Health, Sozialen Arbeit, Epidemiologie, Sozialpsychologie oder der angrenzenden Disziplinen im Themenfeld Gesundheit.

Bodies, Sports and Social Problems

Bodies, Sports and Social Problems

Joseph Maguire is a Professor in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University. Currently, he is President of the International Sociology of Sport Association, a member of the Research Council of the International Sociological Association, and co-editor of Research in the Sociology of Sport. He also acts as an advisor to the Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship Scheme and is a member of the British Olympic Association's education panel. Kevin Young is lecturer in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University

Social Problems

Social Problems

This textbook is aimed at those with an interest in contemporary social problems of the UK, such as crime, substance misuse and suicide to name a few. It adopts a style of writing which engages and stimulates the reader. The book provides factual information and a socio-demographic analysis of each social problem, drawing upon official statistics. Besides examining the scale and nature of the problem, it traces the effects of each upon individuals, families and the larger society. All chapters provide an overview of policy and legislation that aim to deal with these problems. It explores important theoretical frameworks that have been used to understand social problems and it seeks to locate ideas and debates within a bio-psychosocial framework. Finally, it familiarises readers with strategies of micro intervention used in practice to deal with these problems. Hence this book would be of interest to students, academics and practitioners alike.

Bodies, Sports and Social Problems

Bodies, Sports and Social Problems

Joseph Maguire is a Professor in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University. Currently, he is President of the International Sociology of Sport Association, a member of the Research Council of the International Sociological Association, and co-editor of Research in the Sociology of Sport. He also acts as an advisor to the Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship Scheme and is a member of the British Olympic Association's education panel. Kevin Young is lecturer in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University

Social Traffic

Social Traffic

Author: Frances Hodgson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Through an in-depth examination of the integral nature of social networks and walking this book draws conclusions about social processes of exclusion, identity and the making of community. Much work on social networks and mobilities focuses on the 'death of distance' and the globalisation of social networks and the obvious interaction with mobilities. This book looks at community networks and contributes to the body of work understanding the interaction of the global and local scales in social networks. This timely contribution focuses on the relatively neglected area of routinised, everyday walking at a time when policy makers and practitioners struggle to make walking more attractive. In addition it leads the way in understanding the impacts on transport provision and daily life of the rapidly evolving Web2.0 technologies for assisting walking. The findings are placed in a practical policy context to provide practitioners with indications of tools and techniques for use in generating evidence on, and assessing processes of exclusion and inclusion. The academic contribution of this volume is to take the micro social spatial and temporal practices of everyday life and provide an analysis that links those to the macro social changes such as globalisation or technological revolution and social processes of exclusion and resistance.

Social Problems

Social Problems

Author: William (University of Plymouth, UK) Hay, Selwyn (University of Plymouth, UK) Stanley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This textbook is aimed at those with an interest in contemporary social problems of the UK, such as crime, substance misuse and suicide to name a few. It adopts a style of writing which engages and stimulates the reader. The book provides factual information and a socio-demographic analysis of each social problem, drawing upon official statistics. Besides examining the scale and nature of the problem, it traces the effects of each upon individuals, families and the larger society. All chapters provide an overview of policy and legislation that aim to deal with these problems. It explores important theoretical frameworks that have been used to understand social problems and it seeks to locate ideas and debates within a bio-psychosocial framework. Finally, it familiarises readers with strategies of micro intervention used in practice to deal with these problems. Hence this book would be of interest to students, academics and practitioners alike.