This hands-on, social problems “workbook” contains a 25 essays with accompanying exercises that address contemporary social problems and encourage critical and creative thinking about those problems. It features essays that are original, timely, and authoritative and that focus on issues that are personally relevant to today's society. The essays are written by experts in the specific areas in which they write and incorporate their own research findings and experiences into their essays and exercises. The introduction contains a sociological “tool kit” for analyzing problems in the introductory chapter along with an introduction to the various sociological approaches for addressing social problems. social institutions, social inequalities, social deviance, global social problems and social movement and change. For anyone interested in the field of social problems.