Global Social Problems
November 2004, Polity
In an increasingly globalized world, it is inevitable that many
of the social problems which have so far been seen as national in
character will assume a global character. Global social problems
are those which cannot be confined within national boundaries and
which need both national and international attention if they are to
be ameliorated. Pollution of the atmosphere is a stark example of
this process. Global Social Problems begins with a
discussion of the contested concept of globalization. Then eight of
the most important global social problems are explored and
explained by leading experts in environmental degration,
international poverty, crime, AIDS, drugs, family violence, racism
and migration. The book also includes chapter which explores the
global social policy implications of these developments.
With suggestions for further reading and accessible style, this book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in the social science, particularly those studying social policy, sociology and politics.
1 Globalization, Risk and Social Problems (Vic George).
2 Globalization and Social Welfare (Robert Page).
3 Globalization and the Environment (Andrew Dobson).
4 Globalization and Poverty (Vic George).
5 Globalization of Crime: terror in a contracting globe (Mark Finlay).
6 Globalization and Drugs (Larry Harrison).
7 Globalization and AIDS (Kathy Attawell).
8 Globalization and Family Violence (Jan Pahl, Claudia Hasanbegovic and Mei-Kuei Yu).
9 Globalization and Racism (Norman Ginsburg).
10 Globalization, Migration and Asylum (Stephen Castles and Sean Loughna).
Robert M. Page is Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy, University of Birmingham.
- provides an introduction to a wide range of social problems and their relation to the global era, such as AIDS, poverty and racism.
- includes chapters written by acknowledged experts in the field of social policy specifically for students.
- suggests ways in which global social problems could be dealt with through global social policy.
--Tony Fitzpatrick, University of Nottingham
"By addressing the topic of global social policy through the
lens of global social problems, Vic George and Robert Page have
added a useful volume to the international social policy
literature. The authors have made a welcomed departure from the
standard literature in the field by moving beyond the frameworks of
mythological nationalism and comparative studies towards a much
needed transnational social policy analysis."
--Bob Decon, University of Sheffield