Understanding Social Problems: A Guide to Field Research takes the student beyond the academic classroom and into the community to explore social problems first hand using a variety of sociological methods. Students learn to develop a relationship between the classroom and real world situations bridging the gap between the abstract world of theory and the everyday life of people and their institutions. The purpose is to understand social problems through developing the sociological imagination to distinguish between personal troubles and structural issues as they play out in the late-modern social world.

The book can be purchased from Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

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