Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19, Volume 1: US Perspectives

Written by a highly respected team of authors brought together by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), this book provides accessible insights into pressing social problems in the United States in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and proposes public policy responses for victims and justice, precarious populations, employment dilemmas, and health and well-being.

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Agenda for Social Justice cover
2020 Committee Members

Glenn W. Muschert, Chair 
Khalifa University of Science Technology

Kristen M. Budd
Miami University

Michelle Christian
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

David C. Lane
Illinois State University

Robert Perrucci 
Purdue University

Jason A. Smith
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Table of Contents

Editors: Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen M. Budd, Michelle Christian, David C. Lane, and Jason A. Smith

Front Matter

Presidential Welcome

Corey W. Dolgon, Stonehill College

Editorial Introduction

Glenn W. Muschert, Khalifa University of Science and Technology; Kristen M. Budd, Miami University; David C. Lane, Illinois State University; Jason A. Smith, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

SECTION I Victims and Justice

Chapter 1. Creating Safer Environments for Survivors: Housing-Based Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence

Jenny K. Leigh, New York University

Chapter 2. The Incarceration State in the Age of COVID-19

Kristen M. Budd, Miami University; Bianca E. Bersani, University of Maryland

Chapter 3. Incarceration during COVID-19: Jail Shouldn't be a Death Sentence

Felicia Arriaga, Appalachian State University; Jasmine Heiss, Vera Institute of Justice; Max Rose, Sheriffs for Trusting Communities

SECTION II Employment Dilemmas

Chapter 4. Essential Work and Unemployment in the United States

Biko Koenig, Franklin and Marshall College

Chapter 5. The US African-American Population Experienced a COVID-19 Double Disadvantage: Unemployment and Illness

Teresa A. Sullivan, University of Virginia

Chapter 6. Residential Crowding among Meat Processing Workers

Stephanie A. Bohon, University of Tennessee; Rachel Ponder, University of Tennessee

SECTION III Precarious Populations

Chapter 7. Experiencing Homelessness in the Time of COVID-19

Cynthia Puddu, MacEwan University

Chapter 8. The LGBT Medical and Political Crisis in the Wake of COVID-19

DaShanne Stokes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chapter 9. Inequality in Isolation: Educating Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

Nora C.R. Broege, Rutgers University-Newark; Charity Anderson, Rutgers University-Newark 

SECTION IV Health and Well-Being

Chapter 10. Birth in the US amid COVID-19

Shannon K. Carter, University of Central Florida; Bhoomi K. Thakore, University of Central Florida

Chapter 11. Access to Mental Health Care during and after COVID-19

Andrea N. Hunt, University of North Alabama

Chapter 12. Vaccine Opposition in the COVID-19 Age

Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, Miami University; Shelby Frye, Miami University; Valerie Thompson, Miami University

End Matter

Chapter 13. The Social Problems of COVID-19

Joel Best, University of Delaware


Glenn W. Muschert, Khalifa University of Science and Technology; Kristen M. Budd, Miami University; Michelle Christian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; David C. Lane, Illinois State University; Jason A. Smith, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan