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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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21-30 of 33 results in Framing 21st Century Social Issues
  1. How Ethical Systems Change: Lynching and Capital Punishment

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Danielle Dirks

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    Slavery, lynching and capital punishment were interwoven in the United States and by the mid-twentieth century these connections gave rise to a small but well-focused reform movement. Biased and perfunctory procedures were replaced by prolonged trials and appeals, which some found messy and...

    Published December 14th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Outsourcing the Womb

    Race, Class and Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market

    By France Winddance Twine

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    A quiet revolution has been taking place during the past three decades. The way that children enter families has changed radically among upper middle class families. In the 1980s infertility increasing became defined as a medical problem that could be solved with assisted reproductive technologies...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  3. Rapid Climate Change

    Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

    By Scott G. McNall

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    The book reviews the science of climate change and explains why it is one of the most difficult problems humanity has ever tackled. Climate change is a "wicked" problem bound up with problems of population growth, environmental degradation, and world problems of growing social and economic...

    Published January 28th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Empire Versus Democracy

    The Triumph of Corporate and Military Power

    By Carl Boggs

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    In Empire Versus Democracy, Carl Boggs traces the authoritarian trajectory of American politics since World War II, with emphasis on the growing concentration of corporate and military power that has accompanied the United States assumption of leading superpower on the world scene. The rise of the...

    Published January 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  5. Changing Times for Black Professionals

    By Adia Harvey Wingfield

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This book is a study of the challenges, issues, and obstacles facing black professional workers in the United States. Though they have always been a part of the U.S. labor force, black professionals have often been overlooked in media, research, and public opinion. Ironically, however, their...

    Published December 26th 2010 by Routledge

  6. The Future of Higher Education

    By Dan Clawson, Max Page

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    Higher education is more important than ever, for individual success and for national economic growth. And yet higher education in the United States is in crisis: public funding has been in free fall; tuition has skyrocketed making colleges and universities less accessible; basic structures such as...

    Published December 26th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Contentious Identities

    Ethnic, Religious and National Conflicts in Today's World

    By Daniel Chirot

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This book analyzes widespread global ethnic conflicts that tear asunder nations and regions, such as the former Yugoslavia. Dan Chirot casts his analysis in a discussion of the conflict between national and ethnic identity, discovering that ethnic identity, rooted in centuries of tradition and...

    Published December 20th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Waste and Consumption

    Capitalism, the Environment, and the Life of Things

    By Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This book examines the link between waste and consumption through a cultural approach that integrates environmental concerns with reflections on the role that consumption has come to occupy in our contemporary capitalist societies. The mutual relationship between capitalism and consumption is...

    Published December 20th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Why Nations Go to War

    A Sociology of Military Conflict

    By Mark P. Worrell

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    The United States has been involved in many wars, sometimes for noble causes like defeating Nazism, and, at other times, it has compromised its own ideals, leading to a lot of soul searching and regrets. Some wars are celebrated as glorious achievements (World War II), some are ‘forgotten’ (Korea),...

    Published December 20th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Body Problems

    Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

    By Ben Agger

    Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

    This book addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food society. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses the dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories but...

    Published December 14th 2010 by Routledge