Reading and Lecture Notes - Eitzen

Reading and Lecture - Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes Eitzen Eitzen Chapter 1 from Solutions to Social Problems The

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Eitzen Eitzen, Chapter 1 from Solutions to Social Problems. The most important element of this reading is the presentation of American ideologies as directly related to social problems and shortcoming in society. By comparing the U.S. to the E.U., Eitzen provides a roughly ‘apples’ to ‘apples’ comparison between modern core societies. Using a substantial number of examples, he shows that the U.S. is number one or nearly number one in a litany of social problems including healthcare, drugs, violence, divorce, teen pregnancy, inequality, bank failures, homelessness, environmental damage, poverty, and urban decay. Our peers spend more of GDP on healthcare and family support, have better education systems, particularly early childhood education, workers earn higher wages, and have more job security and benefits. He argues two prevailing ideas that contribute to U.S. standing on these issues:
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2010 for the course SOCY SOCY - 203 taught by Professor Brianhawkins during the Spring '10 term at University of Colombo.

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