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Framing 21st Century Social Issues

Series Editor: France Winddance Twine

The goal of this new, unique Series is to offer readable, teachable "thinking frames" on today’s social problems and social issues by leading scholars, all in short 60 page or shorter formats, and available for view on

For instructors teaching a wide range of courses in the social sciences, the Routledge Social Issues Collection now offers the best of both worlds: originally written short texts that provide "overviews" to important social issues as well as teachable excerpts from larger works previously published by Routledge and other presses.

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1-10 of 33 results in Framing 21st Century Social Issues
  1. Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age

    2nd Edition

    By Ben Agger

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    People ‘overshare’ when they interact with others through the screens of computers and smartphones. Oversharing means to divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions and sexuality than they would in person, or even over the phone. Text messaging, Facebooking, tweeting, camming, blogging, online...

    Published February 9th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Social Problems

    A Human Rights Perspective

    By Eric Bonds

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This short book lays out a new definition for what constitutes a social problem: the violation of a group’s human rights, which are understood as commonly upheld standards about what people deserve and should be protected from in life. Evaluating U.S. society from an international human rights...

    Published June 15th 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics

    By Krystal Beamon, Chris M. Messer

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    Sports are an integral part of American society. Millions of dollars are spent every year on professional, collegiate, and youth athletics, and participation in and viewing of these sports both alter and reflect how one perceives the world. Beamon and Messer deftly explore sports as a social...

    Published November 13th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Identity Problems in the Facebook Era

    By Daniel Trottier

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    How have new social media altered how individuals present themselves? What dilemmas have they introduced? In the age of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of instant communication, individuals are losing (or relinquishing) control over their personal information! Trottier provides a trenchant...

    Published November 7th 2013 by Routledge

  5. The Pains of Mass Imprisonment

    By Benjamin Fleury-Steiner, Jamie G Longazel

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This concise and engaging book presents a critical perspective on the correctional system and the process of incarceration in the United States. Fleury-Steiner and Longazel emphasize the magnitude of mass imprisonment in the United States, especially of people of color, not by objective statistics...

    Published October 9th 2013 by Routledge

  6. From Trafficking to Terror

    Constructing a Global Social Problem

    By Pardis Mahdavi

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    A panic surrounds human trafficking and terrorism. The socially constructed 'war on terror’ and ‘war on trafficking’ are linked through discourses that not only combine the two, but help promote an anti-Muslim sentiment. Using ethnographic data and stories, From Trafficking to Terror presents the...

    Published October 6th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Unequal Prospects

    Is Working Longer the Answer?

    By Tay McNamara, John Williamson

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    In light of the recent financial crisis and changing economic landscape, McNamara and Williamson present and analyze the possibility of working longer. Including a range of potential policies (e.g., further increasing the age of eligibility for full Social Security benefits, allocating...

    Published March 5th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex

    Crime and Incarceration in the 21st Century

    By Kevin Wehr, Elyshia Aseltine

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This short text, ideal for Social Problems and Criminal Justice courses, examines the American prison system, its conditions, and its impact on society. Wehr and Aseltine define the prison industrial complex and explain how the current prison system is a contemporary social problem. They conclude...

    Published February 24th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Girls with Guns

    Firearms, Feminism, and Militarism

    By France Winddance Twine

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    A nuanced understanding of state violence and gender (in)equalities must consider the varied and contradictory experiences of armed civilian women, female soldiers, and opponents of gun possession. How is ‘feminism’ and ‘femininity’ negotiated in the early 21st century by civilian and military...

    Published January 24th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Torture

    A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights

    By Lisa Hajjar

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    Torture is indisputably abhorrent. Why, you might ask, would you even want to think or read about torture? That is a very good question, and one this book addresses in a compelling and enlightening way. Torture is a very important issue, not least because millions of people around the world...

    Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge