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Social Problems (11th Edition)
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Taking a conflict approach, Eitzen and Baca Zinn focus on the underlying features of the social world in an effort to help students to understand today's social problems.

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  • Not bad, but expensive.
    If you're buying this book, it's probably because it's a required textbook. As far as textbooks go this isn't bad. It's written in fairly easy to understand language and has a decent glossary at the end. It also has many color illustrations. That being said, it's still a paperback and a very expensive one at that. It was extremely frustrating as a relatively poor college student, being forced to pay so much for a book that the instructor barely used. My advice is to find a used copy if you can....more info
  • Eye opening textbook... should be required reading.
    It seems all of the negative reviews of this textbook are from people who perhaps read something in this textbook that they did not want to know or something that did not conform to their worldview. Usually when semesters end, I sell my textbooks back... this is one that I kept. This is an extremely eye opening textbook and immensely educational. ...more info
  • FULL OF MISINFORMATION AND HALF TRUTHS
    I only read this book because I had to take a class by the same name. Wouldn't have wasted my time otherwise. Eitzen and Zinn should find a better way to make a living. They constanly whine about how bad capitalism is, but the closest they come to recommending an alternative involves some vague references to "central planning" by governments. The main solution they come up with for air polution is to have all energy sources and the distribution infrastructure for power owned and operated by the government "for the good of the community". Great idea. They express an open and blatent contempt for the American lifestyle and especially the "American Dream". They do not support their claims with facts; only half truths. They also show a disdain for "technology" in general, which leads me to believe that they are simply afraid of technology; after all, some of the changes they demand can only be achieved through advances in high technology. Further, Eitzen and Zinn show that they are authoritarian at heart in their very writing style. Instead of letting students draw their own conclusions, they tell you exactly what opinion you should have. This book should be translated to Spanish....it would go over great in Cuba. Otherwise, let's hope that the 9th edition is the last edition of this drool. Do everything you can to avoid taking a college class by the name of "Social Problems"....your time and money can be spent better elsewhere. I have two questions for Eitzen and Zinn: Question 1) For all the dribbling you do about wasting natural resources, why didn't you insist on making this book available exclusively on CD-ROM and/or the Internet? Instead, you wasted 600 precious pieces of paper when you distributed countless copies of this hardcover book. Question 2) How much money/PROFIT did you make from those deplorable capitalists by writing this book?...more info
  • social problems a down to earth approach
    I have yet to recieve my book and I ordered it back in July. My class starts this Monday on August 25th and I am going without a book to class. I have never had any problems getting my books through amazon except now....more info
  • Waste of $83.00
    I read this book and to be honest with you, I felt that I wasted 83 bucks in buying it. It focuses way too much on percentages rather than involving the reader in actually learning something. Statistical evidence is a good way to learn but in this case, it takes the subject to the extreme. My sociology professor required this book and I am getting more and more bored with the reading. Anyway, if you have to get it, spend some time and look for it used.........the only thing you will learn is how to shop around....more info
  • Extremely educational...
    This book is full of unfortunate truths, but things people should know if they wish to know the truth about the world around them. The statistics came in handy for subsequent paper writing, references and for fast fact information to spout to others....more info
  • An Incredible Book
    I'm a sociology major and I -loved- this book. Those that aren't sociology majors might find some of the chapters shocking but that's mostly because it presents the reader with information that are very rarely ever presented in the media. It isn't kind to conservatives or the wealthy because it explores the benefits that they get, usually at the cost of the lower class. It showcases the horrible things that corporations and government do while providing us with the ideology that keeps it in place 'The American Dream'. It also shows how very rare it is for that American Dream to come true.

    It does take more of a 'system blame' approach more than a 'victim blame' approach as it is a conflict theorist oriented book and on top of that, it is in the field of sociology where you have to look at the macro, not the micro. All the while it shows -how- the system -wants- us all to take victim blame approaches, which again, benefits them incredibly.

    The readings are incredibly informative, the statistics are relevant and prove that they aren't just throwing random liberal words around as the sources are credible. While some have complained that it doesn't show 'the other side of things', what they don't realize is that we're bombarded with 'the other side of things' every minute of the day.

    I highly recommend the book. You'll learn more than you thought you could over topics like education, health care, sexuality, family, poverty, the environment, national security and much more. Even if it doesn't necessarily make you feel good about the US and the state of it....more info

  • Biased and lacking in substance
    I was previously a Sociology major at a very well-respected private school and Social Problems was probably my favorite introductory course there. Since that time, I have taken a different direction in my education (and transferred schools) and have had to re-take a lot of my introductory courses, one of them being Social Problems. I was actually excited that I needed to re-take this course... until I started reading this textbook.

    I am shocked by the ridiculous biases in this text. Even though the author continually states that as sociologists, we can not make judgments on what is "right" or "wrong" (a statement I agree with), it seems as though he constantly is making those judgments! Although written in a way that is easy to understand, the reader is more often than not, easily understanding the author's point of view on a given topic.

    Reading this text, I feel like the "guts" of each issue are missing. Even though the author seems to try to represent multiple sides of an issue, it is SO easy to see where the author stands on each topic. There are things included in the text that do not need to be there and yet so much is lacking in actual substance.

    Furthermore, this text does not serve well for an introductory course on sociology as Social Problems typically is. There is very little sociological theory, the views of each social problem from different theories is included, but seems like a tiny party of each chapter (like maybe a brief paragraph out of a 40+ page chapter). There is a chapter at the beginning that goes over theory, but then those lessons are not fully incorporated into the rest of the text.

    In the end, this text may serve as an enjoyable read, but does not serve as a proper educational tool....more info
  • Made for Soc Majors...
    I am a Sociology major, and I have to say, this book is very fascinating. It does give a lot of stats, but that is how the social world is measured in a scientific manner. Too liberal??! Well, if you wanna read something "fun" get a bible and go to sunday school....more info
  • Excellent sales
    Got the book in a very reasonable time and was in perfect condition. Would buy again from this seller!!...more info
  • Social Problems
    This book was in very good condition. I received an email from the seller to make sure of the edition and to apologize for the small delay. I was grateful for that email....more info
  • Biased and boring
    I am currently a teaching assistant at a large university and I find this book to be both biased and boring. I tend to be more socially liberal, however, I believe students should be given both sides of an issue and then be allowed to draw their own conclusions. This book does not allow students to do that, and tends to only discuss the liberal sides of all social problems. Also, the book is a slow and boring read. I had a difficult time managing to stay awake while reading, so I can hardly imagine how a first-year student (who isn't getting paid) can do it. On a positive note, the text does include discussion on disabilities, which other textbooks tend to neglect. I would recommend a different text, such as Macionis or Henslin. ...more info
  • textbook missing a piece
    The copy of Social Problems, 10th ed. by Baca Zinn and Eitzen was suupposed to have in it some kind of card giving the buyer an access code to the publishers special online resources to go with the book. The book I bought from you did not have the access code anywhere, and I am very frustrated trying to get it from the publisher's rep....more info
  • Save lots of money, order your college texts from Amazon!
    I get my college textbooks at a fraction of the cost than buying them on campus. I get my books quickly, in good condition, and just as promised. This book was no exception. It came 5 days after my order was placeed, it was in great condition, and just the text I needed. ...more info
  • One of the best social problems textbook around!
    James Henslin's Social Problems is an excellent textbook for students who want to learn more about social problems in the U.S. Henslin divided his book into three parts. First, an overview of the problem. Henslin used the three major sociological theories: symbolic interactionism, functionalism, and conflict theory to interpret the significance of the problem. He used all of the theories without any biases favoring one theory over another. Second,he summarized what social researchers have found about the problem. Finally, he outline possible social policy for it, including making his own recommendation about how to solve it. Those who are tired of reading other social problems book who found that the book' content are depressing and the authors are pessimistic about the problem he/she cover should read Henslin's book. His coverage of the problems, from crime to America's health crisis, from racism to income inequality, from population explotion to war, are excellent and his recommendations on how to solve this problems makes sense and largely optimistic. My professor used Henslin's text for his social problems class and I think his choice is an excelent choice. I highly recommend this book for students and professors who want to learn and explore the social problems in our society...more info
  • social problems a down to earth approach
    I have yet to recieve my book and I ordered it back in July. My class starts this Monday on August 25th and I am going without a book to class. I have never had any problems getting my books through amazon except now....more info
  • Save lots of money, order your college texts from Amazon!
    I get my college textbooks at a fraction of the cost than buying them on campus. I get my books quickly, in good condition, and just as promised. This book was no exception. It came 5 days after my order was placeed, it was in great condition, and just the text I needed. ...more info