Social Issues in America (Contemporary, with historical background)

Edited by James Ciment

Includes: Topic Finder, A-Z entries, tables, figures, chronologies, glossaries, references and Internet sources, primary documents, master bibliography


“More than 150 key social issues confronting the United States are covered.... The set covers each topic in impressive detail.... A good buy for libraries catering to students of history and social science.” Library Journal

“[A] well-executed introduction to the political, social and economic problems facing the United States today.... This excellent tool will serve readers in high school, public and college libraries.” Gale Reference Reviews

“[P]rovides a rich source of information on social issues in American society.... The entries are clear and well written, treating each topic succinctly and at the same time giving full attention to the central concepts of the issue.... [M]akes an excellent starting point for undergraduates searching for information on social issues; they will find not only succinct summaries of the concepts, but also some important data and references to pursue for more depth. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers.” Choice

“The content of the encyclopedia is outstanding and a pleasure to read. Entries... pack a tremendous amount of information into a small number of pages. ... Social Issues in America provides the substance of an issue in an efficient and thought-provoking way. Recommended.” Reference & User Services Quarterly

“Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia has been designed for ease of use and with the intent of being a helpful starting point for exploring high interest issues. That it succeeds so effectively is a compliment to Mr. Ciment and his collaborators. Libraries where social issues are an area of interest or a focus of student research would be well served by considering this set.” Against the Grain

Description: Comprehensive in scope, packed with information, and up-to-date in coverage, this monumental compilation is a one-source reference for anyone researching the essential terms and concepts, historical antecedents, and contemporary expressions of major issues confronting American society.

More than 170 entries cover the full range of hotly contested social issues in America today—everything from abortion, academic freedom, and affirmative action to consumer debt, homeland security, illegal immigration, poverty and wealth, reproductive rights, and terrorism. Each entry discusses the historical origins of a particular debate or controversy; the means for dealing with it in the past; current perspectives and arguments; and the implications for society in the near- and long-term future. In addition to an in-depth discussion and analysis, entries include tables and figures, a chronology, list of published references and Internet resources, glossary, and selection of pertinent primary documents. An extensive Master Bibliography provides an unparalleled research tool for further exploration.


Abortion and Reproductive Issues

Academic Freedom


Advertising, Children’s

Affirmative Action



Air Pollution

Air Travel: Safety, Security, and Service

Alcohol and Alcoholism

Animal Rights

Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Violence



Arts Funding and Censorship

At-Risk Students: Higher Education

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder


Automobile and Highway Safety


Birth Control

Campaign Finance Reform


Capital Punishment

Census Issues

Cheating, Academic

Child Abuse and Molestation

Child Labor

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Church-State Separation

Civil Liberties

Civil Rights

Coastal Pollution and Wetlands Protection

College Sports

Computer Crime and Hacking

Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy

Corporal Punishment

Corporate Crime

Corporate Downsizing


Criminal Rights

“Cults” and Alternative Religions

Defense Spending and Preparedness

Deforestation and Logging

Disability Rights

Divorce and Child Custody

Domestic Surveillance

Domestic Violence

Drought and Aquifer Depletion

Drug Abuse

Drugs, War on

Eating Disorders

Energy Dependency

Environmental Justice

Environmentally Induced Illnesses


Evolution Education

Extinction and Species Loss: Biota Invasion and Habitat Destruction

Farm Issues

Food and Drug Safety

Foster Care



Gay and Lesbian Rights

Genetic Engineering


Global Warming

Gulf War Syndrome and Other Veterans’ Illnesses

Gun Violence and Gun Control

Hate Crimes

Hate Radio and Internet

Hate Speech

Health Care Reform

Heart Disease and Cardiology


Housing, Affordable

Human Experimentation

Identity Theft

Immigration Policy and Law

Immigration, Illegal

Indoor Air Pollution

Infectious Disease and Epidemics

Infrastructure Deterioration

Intellectual Property Rights

Journalistic Ethics

Judicial Reform

Juvenile Justice

Legal Services for the Poor


Mandatory Sentencing


Mass Transit

Media Bias

Media Consolidation

Media Sex and Violence

Medical Malpractice Reform

Medicare and Medicaid Reform

Medicine, Complementary and Alternative

Mental Illness

Migrant Workers

Militia Movement

Minimum and Living Wages

Money Laundering

Native Americans and Government Policy

Natural Disasters and Disaster Relief

Needle Exchange Programs

Noise Pollution

Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) Issues

Nuclear Power and Waste

Nuclear Weapons


Occupational Safety and Health

Organ and Tissue Transplants

Organic Foods

Organized Crime

Plagiarism, Literary and Artistic

Police Abuse and Corruption


Poverty and Wealth

Prison Reform and Prisoner Rights



Public Opinion Polling

Racial Profiling


Recycling and Conservation

Redlining, Loan Discrimination, and Predatory Lending


School Standards and Testing

School Violence

School Vouchers and Privatization

Scientific Research Ethics

Secrecy, Government

Sex Education

Sexual Harassment

Single Parenting and Out-of-Wedlock Births

Social Security Reform

Space Exploration

Special Education

Stem Cell Research


Students’ Rights


Superstores vs. Main Street


Taxes and Tax Reform

Term Limits

Terrorism, Domestic

Terrorism, Foreign

Terrorism, War on


Tort Reform


Toxic Waste

Traffic Congestion



Urban Sprawl

Veterans Care and Benefits

Voluntarism and Volunteering

Voting Issues

Waste Disposal

Water Pollution

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Welfare and Welfare Reform

Wilderness Protection

Women’s Rights

Xenophobia and Nativism

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