A Case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems
"These touching and, at times, chilling narratives breathe life into national statistics and provide us with the opportunity to explore each respondent's inner experience of his or her social world....It is in this way that these case studies enable us to understand the meanings attached to behavior, to appreciate the significance of social interaction and context in shaping those meanings, to identify the societal forces that influence behavior, and to recognize the consequences of these social processes."-Kimberly A. Lyons Department of Sociology Smith College
DENNIS L. PECK is Professor of Sociology at The University of Alabama. He is a past editor of Sociological Inquiry and has published numerous articles in sociology, psychology, and interdisciplinary journals. He serves on several editorial boards and is a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. NORMAN A. DOLCH is Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He is co-editor of Readings in Sociology and co-author of several research reports, practice-oriented journal articles, and book reviews.
Introduction Health Related Issues Suicide by Dennis L. Peck Anorexia Nervosa by Diane E. Taub and Penelope A. McLorg Alcohol/Drug Abuse by Celia Chun-Nui Lo and Gerald Globetti AIDS/STDs by Mary Rose Mueller Family Issues Teenage Mothers by Norman A. Dolch, Kelly E. Orr, and Julie Ezernack Spousal Abuse/Domestic Violence by Melanie L. Miller Divorce and Poverty by N. Ree Wells Child Support/Dead Beat Dads by Kimberly A. Folse Homelessness by John Bolland and Deborah M. McCallum Behavior Beyond the Boundaries Sexual Harassment by Beverly E. Thorn Equal Protection and Racial Exclusion by Larry D. Hall and Audwin L. Anderson Prostitution by Thomas C. Calhoun and Greg S. Weaver Career Criminals by Ronald Jones Mass Murder by Thomas A. Petee, Kathy G. Padgett, and Thomas S. York Serial Killers by James A. Sparks