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Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19

Volume I: US Perspectives

Edited by Glenn Muschert, Kristen Budd, Michelle Christian, David Lane and Jason Smith


12 Aug 2020

Page count

192 pages





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    Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19

    Written by a highly respected team of authors brought together by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), this book provides accessible insights into pressing social problems in the United States in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and proposes public policy responses for victims and justice, precarious populations, employment dilemmas and health and well-being.

    Glenn Muschert is Professor of Sociology at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His research focuses on social problems, digital technologies, and sustainable development.

    Kristen M. Budd is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Miami University. Her research focuses on sexually motivated interpersonal violence, including social and legal responses to interpersonal violence.

    Michelle Christian is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research focuses on structural racism, global political economy and precarious forms of labour.

    David C. Lane is Assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University. His research focuses are tattooing, the relationship between disasters and crime, and understanding contemporary social problems.

    Jason A. Smith is a Senior Analyst with National Market Research at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. His research focuses on racial inequities, organizations, media studies, and consumer branding and innovation.

    Front Matters;


    Presidential Welcome ~ Corey Dolgon;

    Editorial Introduction ~ Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen M. Budd, David C. Lane, Jason A. Smith;

    Section I: Victims and Justice;

    Housing Policy Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence ~ Jenny K. Leigh;

    The incarceration state in the age of COVID-19 ~ Kristen M. Budd, Bianca Bersani;

    Incarceration During COVID-19: Jail Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence ~ Felicia Arriaga, Jasmine Heiss, Max Rose;

    Section II: Employment Dilemmas;

    Essential Work and Unemployment in the United States ~ Biko Koenig;

    The U.S. African-American Population Experienced a COVID-19 Double Disadvantage: Unemployment and Illness ~ Teresa A. Sullivan;

    Residential Crowding among Food Production Workers ~ Stephanie A. Bohon, Rachel Ponder;

    Section III: Precarious Populations;

    Experiencing Homelessness in the Time of COVID-19 ~ Cynthia Puddu;

    The Contraction of LGBT Rights in the Face of COVID-19 ~ DaShanne Stokes;

    Inequality in Isolation: Educating Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 ~ Nora C.R. Broege, Charity Anderson;

    Section IV: Health and Well-Being;

    Birth in the U.S. amid COVID-19 ~ Shannon K. Carter, Bhoomi K. Thakore;

    Access to Mental Health Care during and after COVID-19 ~ Andrea N. Hunt;

    Vaccine Opposition in the COVID-19 Age ~ Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, Shelby Frye, Valerie Thompson;

    End Matters;

    The Social Problems of COVID-19 ~ Joel Best;

    Afterword ~ Héctor Delgado