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11. Social Problems

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The sociology of social problems is a subdiscipline in sociology. Most of the medium- to large-sized sociology departments in the United States offer courses in social problems, just as they have courses in stratification, race and ethnicity, deviance and the other usual standards in a sociology curriculum. Sociologists in the field of comparative social problems are keenly interested in how governments and policymakers around the world seek to remediate their social problems and in the relative effectiveness of various forms of remediation. Climate change, terrorism, drug trafficking, and economic crises are among many social problems that are becoming increasingly global in their scope. Comparative research in social problems can help us to understand the norms, values, and human activities that give rise to such problems and the best strategies for addressing them.

Keywords: drug trafficking; economic crises; poverty; social problems



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