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Never theless, for a proper understanding of the numerous problems that arise from life in a community, such as those of supply and demand, labour and capital, law and order, hygiene, housing, transport, education, the conflict of traditions and ideals, and local and international rivakies, the study of mind is just as important as is that of matter. The solutions to these problems are to be found ultimately in the forces that move men to action, in their inherited tendencies, in their acquired habits, in the mentality of the groups to which they belong, and in their relationships to those groups.
Reprints and Permissions. And in doing so, my selfish pursuit of entrepreneurship led me to the most selfless group of entrepreneurs I have ever known.
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For the past six years I have led a small team of thoughtful creatives to leverage film, photography, writing, and design to engage the audiences of some of the most ethical and responsible brands in the world. More recently we launched a podcast that shares the stories behind those brands.
The individuals founding social and environmental impact organizations are motivated not by the same autonomy and opportunity that attracted the rest of us to entrepreneurship. They see a complex social problem and build their business around its solution. The innovators we have spoken with are working toward solutions on global issues as intractable as climate change and childhood hunger, gender equality , and racial justice. They are leading nonprofit organizations and profitable companies alike.
They are defined not by their business model and deterred not by status quo.
These social and environmental entrepreneurs are courageous, creative, intrepid, and resourceful. But more than anything they are empathetic. It takes a depth of caring for our collective humanity to want to start a business that solves one of our ugliest truths. To witness, walk beside, and try to solve the least sexy challenges of our time — be it human poverty or environmental resource depletion — demands an empathy that makes this subset of entrepreneurs quite unique. They weave their way from chicken farms to sandal manufacturing, from sawdust to surfboards, all in the pursuit of making the world a bit better for the rest of us.
There is nothing selfish about that. Kassia Binkowski is the founder of One K Creative. This article was originally published by Conscious Company Media. Since each chapter is divided into sections, it would not be too onerous to update some of the discussions, particularly the ones on policy. A more in-depth discussion on the social construction of social problems and an expanded discussion on how social policies come to be would make the textbook more relevant. A discussion on political ideologies and their relationship to the understanding of social problems and policy would also be helpful.
Since the text stays away from a lot of the technical language of sociology, students should find the text approachable. I did not run across a passage in which I thought students would not be able to understand the arguments or explanations being made. The typical three theoretical perspectives are introduced in Chapter 1 and are consistently present in later chapters. Useful end of chapter study aids are present in all chapters. There seems to be an attempt to reduce jargon which does improve the readability of the textbook.
At the same time, I think making it slightly more technical would be acceptable. Students should be reminded that sociology is a science which is distinct from other ways of knowing and distinct from other social sciences. It has its own set of vocabulary that students should be exposed to. A clear strength of the textbook is in its modularity. Each chapter is divided into several sections that can be easily be assigned at varying points throughout the term.
A select number of modules could easily serve as supplemental or background information if other texts are being used. Excessive use of subheadings is avoided. Each chapter had a similar structure with the same end of chapter materials. Students should be able to predict the flow and structure of each of the chapters. While not explicitly indicated, chapters are grouped more or less by theme: inequalities, deviance and behavior, institutions, and social change.
The textbook was reviewed on a laptop and on an iPad in. I found the formatting acceptable, and there was no display, formatting, or text issues that served as barriers to enjoying the textbook. Images, graphics, figures, and charts were not awkwardly embedded in the text. There were no glaring grammatical errors or problems with usage, sentence structure, or punctuation that got in the way of the readability of the textbook. Since this is a text on social problems from a sociological perspective, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and other ascriptions are covered from a scientific approach.chronograffle.co.uk/map88.php
Contemporary Social Problems Initiative
Nothing struck the reviewer as culturally insensitive, and the textbook very much read as many introductory and social problems textbooks do. This text-book offers a comprehensive look at social problems. I believe all of the important topics are addressed. Key topics are addressed, though some statistics are getting dated. The book clearly lays out information. Key terms are bolded and chapter summaries are offered to help ensure information does not get missed. The book is broken down into chapters and each chapter has manageable sub-sections.
I found this easy to follow. I think it will help students by making the readings more manageable. The book is logically organized. Important course topics are covered in a clear and logical structure. The chapters are framed with sociological theory. Each chapter has learning objectives and bolded course terminology. This book is also available in a variety of formats e. PDF, online, etc. The information presented in this textbook is comparable to a traditional, publisher distributed textbook.
The presentation structure of the text is written in a comprehensive manner. Beginning with an introduction to the concept of social Beginning with an introduction to the concept of social problems, the book presents various social problems experienced by society throughout the chapters. The chapters dissect the content through the lens of the major sociological theories. Throughout my analysis of the chapters, I found the content to be accurately presented with well-developed explanations through the lens of the theories.
Relevancy is not an issue for this text. The examples are up-to-date and current; nonetheless, updating the textbook should be simple. The textbook presents classic examples and ideas that are just as relevant as the examples of recent, current events. The combination of historical examples and current events can assist the student as they understand the social problems in society. This text will easily be relevant for several years. The writing is clear and easy to understand. I do not feel the author used academic jargon to the point that students will struggle to comprehend the material.
As with all disciplines, some academic jargon is necessary and the author provides the necessary amount of technical terminology to expose the students to the discipline without excessive use. Terminology use is consistent throughout the text, making the book comprehensive for students. The structure of the book is highly consistent, making textbook navigation straightforward and simple to use. I found the logic and the additional learning material, such as figures and graphs, to be consistent throughout the text. I really like the design of this text.
Research in Social Problems and Public Policy
The reader can easily spot the title page, content and learning objectives for each chapter. Within the chapters, the author successfully uses proper headings and subheadings to guide the reader through the material. Since the modules are so well-organized, this textbook could potentially be a great resource for other OER courses. The text is well organized.
The topics are clearly stated so you know what chapter to look at when looking for specific information. Each chapter is broken down and structured appropriately. Content is written in a logical and chronological manner. I did not find any issues with the textbooks overall interface. The text is easy to navigate, and the images are clear and consistent. When I am reading a textbook, I like additional figures and little important snippets of information that I should remember or learn.
Images can enhance the learning experience and this book does exactly that. Cultural sensitivity is extremely important for a Sociology textbook. Considering how controversial many of these chapters are, the author did an exceptional job presenting the information in a non-biased manner, making the textbook inclusive for students of all backgrounds, races, genders, and ethnicities. The textbook follows the standard practice of providing an initial understanding of Social Problems in general, and the theoretical perspectives employed to explain them, and goes on to examine in some detail a variety of social processes within The textbook follows the standard practice of providing an initial understanding of Social Problems in general, and the theoretical perspectives employed to explain them, and goes on to examine in some detail a variety of social processes within which problems are identified and discussed.
The text follows a method of providing a general understanding, historical background, identifies the concepts relevant to each area, and provides a range of data, particularly through visual presentation graphs, charts, maps etc.
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Additionally, the chapters in the textbook provides a comparative international perspective. In all these ways, the textbook is quite comprehensive. The content in this textbook is accurate.