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By Diane Zabel, Nancy L. Herron

Debatable social difficulties at the moment dealing with americans are addressed in those 12 astute bibliographic essays that synthesize the literature at the matters and description techniques for finding more information. a number of the matters lined are media and pop culture; public coverage and executive; legislation and the management of the justice process; poverty, welfare, and unemployment; baby care and elder care; starvation and food; homelessness; and youngsters and the altering American kin. The essays offer considerate examinations of the problems, speak about attainable resolutions, and current lists of assets for additional learn. a necessary buy for faculty and college libraries, this paintings is additionally applicable for prime college libraries and medium to massive public libraries. it may be used as a supplementary textual content for sociology, social paintings, public coverage, kinfolk experiences, schooling, and nursing classes that contain the examine of latest social concerns, and as a instruction manual by means of practitioners i

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Flames and violence are, in the mind of affluent America, reinforcing threatening stereotypes of poor black people in the inner city, obliterating what seemed an opportunity for a national awakening to the brutal reality of life on the margins of American society (Williams, 1992, pp. B1, B5). Population Diversity Steve Freeman, of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, has written and spoken for years of teaching people about diversity and how to live in a pluralistic society. "We talk and dream about a melting pot, but there are reasons to wonder whether it's working" (Lovely, 1993, p.

Environments at Risk As many great polarities have developed over physical and environmental issues as have developed over theoretical ones. Special interest groups who focus their energies on "environments" at risk include Green-peace, The Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society, to list only a few. Their focus is on perceived threats to America's natural splendor, and their foes are perceived as agents who work to capitalize on entrepreneurial Page 15 development and expansion in the name of an increased gross national product and job creation.

Because progress in science and technology depends upon the utilization of existing knowledge, access to technological information is becoming increasingly more important. New complexities have grown out of individuals' needs for more information and more know-how to function day-to-day at an ever increasing pace. Management guru Peter Drucker (1992) noted that knowledge itself turns out to be not only the source of the most effective power, but also a more important ingredient than force or wealth.

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