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Social Problems: Short Questions

Social Problems: Short Questions ou must use the Social Problems text, The Communist Manifesto, notes from BB, the required additional readings, and/or Inside Job for the information you need to fully answer each question. Citations must be used in all of your answers, and a Works Cited list must be included at the end; without them, you will receive a failing grade. Number your answers clearly. Worth 10 points each. 1. Discuss the dangers of relying solely on the person-blame approach in explaining social problems. 2. Why do the authors of the text emphasize a system-blame approach? 3. According to C. Wright Mills, what is the relationship between private troubles and public issues? Give an example of each. 4. Why it is problematic that the information we receive is increasingly under monopolized control? How do these monopolies affect social, cultural, and political landscape? 5. Describe the reasons that the inequality gap in the United States has risen dramatically. How has U.S. tax policy contributed to the widening gap? What are the consequences of recent tax policies? 6. Why are U.S. corporations shifting more and more of their total assets outside the United States? What are the consequences of the shift in production to other countries? 7. Describe how government subsidies are biased toward the rich and powerful. 8. How has the Citizens United ruling affected the role of small donors to political campaigns? 9. Discuss the dangers that exist in the developing world if wealthy nations do not provide more resources for development aid. In what ways do wealthy nations currently provide support for developing nations? What provisos should be put in place with regard to humanitarian aid to maximize effectiveness? 10. Describe the reasons for the large numbers of people who are food insecure and malnourished around the world. Compare the social, environmental, and political factors that contribute to hunger. 11. How does chronic malnutrition affect adults and children? 12. How do powerful countries exploit nations during the process of colonization? 13. Outline the reasons why global corporations have enormous advantages over local corporations when they move into an undeveloped country. 14. Describe the characteristics of “new slavery.” What makes it different than slavery in the past? Illustrate the reasons that lead people into slavery or forced labor. 15. Describe the impact of solid waste pollution in the United States. 16. Describe that waste disposal is complicated by the increased amount waste that is chemically contaminated. 17. Describe the two major consequences of deforestation and how the climate is impacted. 18. How is the U.S. cornucopia view of nature related to environmental problems? 19. Identify and describe the reasons why Social Security is considered to be a regressive tax. 20. Identify and respond to the concerns raised by the phenomenon of the new immigration. 21. Identify the group that makes up the “baby boom generation” and discuss the future demographic changes that will likely take place as this generation ages. 22. How has employment changed in rural areas? 23. Discuss the environmental problems that impact rural America. 24. Discuss the effects of “White flight” on the quality of urban schools. 25. What health-related concerns exist for urban residents? 26. If someone said to you, “The USA gives way too much in foreign aid,” how would you respond? Discuss at least three points you would make in your argument. 27. Define and give a real, detailed, modern-day example of the bourgeoisie, and define and give a real, detailed, modern-day example of the proletariat. 28. What is environmental classism? What is environmental racism? Give one detailed example of each.]]>

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