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Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies, fourth edition, examines how other advanced industrial societies have dealt with social problems with relative success and looks at how these strategies may be applicable to the United States. For each social problem considered, several articles have been selected. These articles either describe the situation in a single country or in multiple countries, or expressly contrast the situation of a country or countries with the United States.

Comprised of thirty-six readings, this reader is divided into five parts:

  • Part One focuses on two important foundational issues–first, a comparison of the United States with other advanced industrial societies on a number of dimensions and, second, a consideration of why the United States fails to adopt social policies that appear to solve social problems elsewhere.
  • Part Two examines problems of inequality–poverty, income and wealth inequality, gender, sexual orientation, and age.
  • Part Three looks at institutional problems affecting families, schools, work, and health care.
  • Part Four concentrates on problems of people, resources, and places, focusing on cities and the environment.
  • Part Five addresses the attempts by societies to control individual deviance related to crime and drugs.

Table of Contents


Part One: Introduction

Section 1 The Comparative Approach to Social Problems

1.  U. S. Social Problems in Comparative Perspective, D. Stanley Eitzen

2.  The European Social Model, T. R. Reid*

3.  The Swedish Welfare State, D. Stanley Eitzen

Part Two: Problems of Inequality

Section 2 Poverty

The United States Context

4.  The State of Welfare at Home and Abroad, Australian Financial Review

5.  Is There Hope for America’s Low-Income Children?  Lee Rainwater and Timothy M. Smeeding*

Section 3 Income and Wealth Inequality

The United States Context

6.  Inequality: USA vs. Other Industrial Nations, Americans for Democratic Action*

7.  Inequality Here and There, Claude S. Fischer, Michael Hout, Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Samuel R. Lucas, Ann Swidler, and Kim Voss*

8.  The Coming Era of Wealth Taxation, Gar Alperovitz*

Section 4 Gender

The United States Context

9.  Europe Crawls Ahead, Megan Rowling

10.  The Position of Women in Norway, Pernille Lonne Morkhagen*

Section 5 Sexual Orientation

The United States Context

11.  Social Shift Opens Door to Gay Marriage Plan (Canada), Clifford Krauss*

12.  Gay Rights and European Citizenship, Joydeep Sengupta*

Section 6  Age

The United States Context

13  As Good As It Gets: What Country Takes the Best Care of its Older Citizens?  Mike Edwards*

14.  We Should Rejoice in an Ageing Society, So Long as We Plan Properly for It,” Hamish McRae

Part Three: Institutional Problems

Section 7 Families

The United States Context

15. Caring for Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United States, Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel

16. Support for Working Families: What the United States Can Learn from Europe, Janet C. Gornick and Marcia K. Meyers

17.  Value for Family Tax Dollars: How Does the U. S. Stack Up?  Rachel Henneck*

Section 8 Schools

The United States Context

18. Early Childhood Education and Care: International Perspectives, Sheila B. Kamerman*

 19. Denmark: Lessons for American Principals and Teachers?  Richard Morrill*

 20.  Globalization and Education: What Students Will Need to Know and Be Able to Do in the Global Village, R. D. Nordgren

Section 9 Work

The United States Context       

21. Europe’s Work Time Alternatives, Anders Hayden*

22.  Finland Experiments with a Six-Hour Workday: A Family Friendly Policy? Ellen Mutari and Deborah M. Figart

23.  Europeans Just Want to Have Fun, Michael Elliott*

Section 10 Health Care and Delivery

The United States Context

24. International Health Systems, Physicians for a National Health Program

25.  Health Care Facts, Toronto Health Coalition

Part Four:  Problems of People, Resources, and Place

Section 10 Cities

The United States Context

26.  How London Fixed It’s Traffic Woes, Malcolm Wheatley*

27. New Lessons from the Old World, Jay Walljasper*

28.  Suburbia Stays in the Neighborhood, Haya El Nassar

Section 11 Environment

The United States in Context

29.  Wind Power Picks Up as It Crosses the Atlantic, Ellen Hale

30. The $6.66-a Gallon-Solution, Simon Romero*

31.  The European Dream, Jeremy Rifkin*

Part Five: Individual Deviance

Section 12 Crime and Crime Control

The United States Context

32.  Crime Comparisons between Canada and the United States, The Daily

33.  Deaths Reflect Gun Use in U. S., Michael Booth

34.  Reducing Crime by Harnessing International Best Practices, Irvin Waller and Brandon C. Welsh

Section 13 Drugs

The United States Context

35.  Does Europe Do It Better: Lessons from Holland, Britain and Switzerland, Robert J. MacCoun and Peter Reuter*

36.  The Netherlands’ Drug Policy, Robert Keizer*


*New to this edition.

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Lessons from Other Societies
Allyn and Bacon
Eitzen, D. Stanley
Leedham, Craig S.
Social Policy
United states
Sociology - General
Social problems
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
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Solutions to Social Problems Series
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no. 418
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