Agenda for Social Justice

Dear Readers:

The Society for the Study of Social Problems is pleased to offer you the Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2012. It represents an effort by our professional association to nourish a form of public sociology designed to be useful to policy makers. We also see it as a way of giving something back to the people who -- and institutions that -- participate in the challenging work of crafting progressive solutions to contemporary social problems.


Wendy Simonds, Georgia State University
SSSP President, 2011-2012

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2012 Committee Members
Glenn Muschert, Chair
Miami University

Kathleen Ferraro
Northern Arizona University

Brian V. Klocke
State Univerity of New York, Plattsburgh

JoAnn Miller
Purdue University

Robert Perrucci
Purdue University

Jon Shefner
University of Tennessee

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Table of Contents

Editors: Glenn Muschert, Chair; Kathleen Ferraro; Brian V. Klocke; Robert Perrucci; Jon Shefner

Front Matter

Editorial Introduction
    by Glenn W. Muschert, Ph.D.


Chapter 1. Nineteen Million and Counting: Unique Issues Facing America's Foreign-born Women in the Home and Workplace
     by Elizabeth J. Clifford, Ph.D.; Susan C. Pearce, Ph.D.; and Reena Tandon, Ph.D.

Chapter 2. Legislation in the Public Interest: Regulatory Capture and Campaign Reform
     by Amatai Etzioni, Ph.D.

Chapter 3. Governance and Inner-City Social Problems
     by Robert Grantham, Ph.D.

Chapter 4. Critical Diversity in America: Divided Public Opinion and Critical policy Directions
     by Cedric Herring, Ph.D. 

Chapter 5. At Greatest Risk of Infection: Young Black Women and Sexually Transmitted Infections
     by Tamara G.J. Leech, Ph.D. and Devon J. Hensel, Ph.D.

Chapter 6. Promoting Digital Equality: The Internet as a Public Good and Commons
     by Jason Smith, Preston Rhea, and Sascha Meinrath

Chapter 7. U.S. Immigration Law, Immigrant Illegality, and Immigration Reform
     by Cecilia Menjívar, Ph.D.

Chapter 8. Jobs for America
     by Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, Ph.D., and Robert Perrucci, Ph.D.

Chapter 9. Poverty, Inequality, and the Shredded Safety Net
     by Frances Fox Piven, Ph.D. 

Chapter 10. Preserving Affordable Housing and Building Wealth in an Economic Recovery: Limited-Equity Cooperatives as an Alternative to Tenant Displacement
     by John N. Robinson III and Katie Kerstetter

Chapter 11. Societal Aging in the U.S.: Impact on Health, Economic Security and Retirement
     by Chris Wellin, Ph.D. and Brooke Hollister, Ph.D. 

End Matter
     by Brian V. Klocke, Ph.D.