The Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2016 provides accessible insights into some of the most pressing social problems in the United States and proposes public policy responses to those problems. Written by a highly respected team of authors brought together by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), it offers recommendations for action by elected officials, policy makers, and the public around key issues for social justice, including a discussion of the role of key issues of sustainability and technology in the development and timbre of future social problems. It will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in public sociology and the study of social problems.
"This is a good book, and well worth reading." Citizen's Income Trust
"Accessible summaries of social science research on some of the most critical social problems we face....an invaluable guide to developing awareness, understanding and movement toward a more just and sustainable world." Kathleen Ferraro, Northern Arizona University, and SSSP President 2003-2004
Glenn Muschert is professor of sociology and social justice, and faculty affiliate in comparative media studies, at Miami University. His research focuses on media, crime, and social control.
Brian Klocke has taught in sociology, gender, and media studies departments. He is also a freelance journalist, photographer, activist, and student affairs professional. Klocke is affiliated with Faculty Against Rape.
Robert Perrucci is professor of sociology emeritus at Purdue University. His 19 books and 90 articles and chapters focus on organizations and structures of inequality.
Jon Shefner is professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research focuses on globalization, political economy, and social justice issues in Latin America and beyond.
President's Welcome ~ David A. Smith;
Editorial Introduction ~ Glenn W. Muschert and Brian V. Klocke;
About the Society for the Study of Social Problems;
Section I: Gender, Sexuality, and Injustice;
One: Campus Sexual Assault: Addressing a Systemic Social Problem in the United States ~ Kristen Budd, Alana Van Gundy, Glenn W. Muschert, and Rose Marie Ward;
Two: Missing Rights and Misplaced Justice for Sex Workers in the United States ~ Crystal A. Jackson and Jennifer J. Reed;
Section II: Public and Environmental Health;
Three: Factory Farming: Impacts and Potential Solutions ~ Ryan Gunderson, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen;
Four: Solutions to the Social Problem of Food Insecurity in the United States ~ Leslie Hossfeld, Brooke Kelly, and Julia Waity;
Five: After Health Care Reform: Enduring Challenges for Justice in the American Health Care System ~ Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda;
Section III: Race, Labor, and Poverty;
Six: Global Labor Social Justice on University Campuses ~ Michelle Christian;
Seven: When Home Disappears: How the Rise in Urban and Evictions Threatens Families ~ Obie Clayton and Barbara Harris Combs;
Eight: The Racial Implications of Immigration Policy ~ Trenita B. Childers and San Juanita García;
Section IV: Criminal (In)Justice;
Nine: Gun Violence in the U.S.: Prevalence, Consequences, and Policy Implications ~ Kellie R. Lynch, Tony P. Love, and Claire M. Renzetti;
Ten: American Prisons: Consequences of Mass Incarceration ~ Alana Van Gundy;
Section V: Looking Forward;
Eleven: The Surprising Link between Sustainability and Social Justice ~ Amitai Etzioni;
Twelve: Techno-fallacies in the Search for Solutions to Social Problems ~ Gary T. Marx;
Afterword: The importance of Social Movements for Transformative Policy Solutions Towards Inclusive Social Justice and Democracy ~ Brian V. Klocke.