OverviewAuthored by leading educators and authorities on the subject, this new text provides a constructionist/conflict approach to the various kinds of social problems that relate to deviance, institutions, and globalizations. Using an arousing, lively style of writing, Thio and Taylor introduce students to a comprehensive set of contemporary social problems while encouraging them to apply the sociological insights beyond the classroom and in their daily lives. Social Problems consists of 16 chapters divided into 5 parts. Each chapter opens with an engaging vignette and provides the nature and extent of a social problem, the conflicting views of the problem, various sociological theories of the problem, global aspects of the problem, social policies for dealing with the problem, and sociological insights on the problem that students can use to enhance their lives. Each chapter concludes with key terms, critical thinking questions, and internet resources. Instructor resources include Microsoft PowerPoint slides, an instructor's manual, and a test bank. For students, there is a companion website featuring practice quizzes, crossword puzzles, flashcards, an interactive glossary, and links to relevant research databases, all of which are organized by chapter.