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Walls and Bridges
Social Justice and Public Policy
Walls and Bridges
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Anthony J. Cortese - Author
SUNY series in Public Policy
Price: $49.50 
Hardcover - 206 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-5907-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5907-2

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Paperback - 206 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-5908-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5908-9

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Winner of the 2004 AESA Critics' Choice Award presented by the American Educational Studies Association

A fresh and easy-to-understand examination of some of America's most challenging social issues.

This useful classroom resource for professors wishing to incorporate notions of justice into their courses examines a variety of America's most challenging social issues (education, poverty, homelessness, crime, and health care), interwoven with racial and ethnic themes. Anthony J. Cortese illustrates how the tension between moral relativism on the one hand, and universal ethics on the other, makes concrete policy discussion difficult. He illustrates how, through a synthesis of justice, law, and power, a social ethics approach to public policy could resolve various intergroup conflicts and social problems. Included at the end of each chapter are "What You Can Do" exercises and activities that encourage students to apply what they have learned to their own lives.

"The mounting social problems of this society are begging for solutions—ethical solutions to be sure. Walls and Bridges provides an original approach to the study of and solving of American social problems." — Joseph W. Scott, University of Washington

Anthony J. Cortese is Professor of Sociology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Ethnic Ethics: The Restructuring of Moral Theory, published by SUNY Press, and Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising.


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Table of Contents

Preface

1. A Social Ethics Approach to Social Problems

2. The Crisis and Denial of Access in Education

3. Welfare, Poverty, and the Legitimization of Social Inequality

4. Sidewalk Stories: The Forgotten Homeless People

5. Medical Apartheid: The Unequal Distribution and Quality of Health Care

6. Crime and Prison: The Social Control of Deviance

7. Social Ethics and Implications for Public Policy

Appendix: Implications for Social Policy

References

Index



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