This guide introduces you to resources related to this subject area. The resources listed here are only a small number of those available. For more information, contact a librarian at 303-963-3250 or use the Book a Librarian service.
Social issues and social justice tend to be controversial; the library has several series that present both sides; search the catalog with your keyword + "at issue," "opposing viewpoints," "current controversies," "point/counterpoint," "controversial issues," "taking sides," and "contemporary world issues" to find these.
Search for the general topics of "justice," "social justice," "social ethics," "social problems," "social action," "human rights","public or social welfare," and "Christian sociology." One can also search on a more specific issue such as "homelessness," "poverty," "welfare," etc.
Keywords = AIDS, aging, abortion, addiction, affirmative action, animal rights, capital punishment, entitlements, gun control, homelessness, homosexuality, human rights, poverty, public welfare, social welfare, welfare.
Coming to America by Brad Rourke (Editor); Scott LondonThe immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. This guide is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. The three options presented here reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that involve all of us and that do not have perfect solutions. This issue guide presents the following three options for deliberation: Option 1: Welcome Immigrants, Be a Beacon of Freedom This option says that immigration has helped make America what it is today- a dynamic and diverse culture, an engine of the global economy, and a beacon of freedom around the world. Option 2: Enforce the Law, Be Fair to Those Who Follow the Rules This option says we need a fair system, where the rules are clear and, above all, enforced. With an estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally, our current system is unjust and uncontrolled. Option 3: Slow Down and Rebuild Our Common Bonds This option recognizes that newcomers have strengthened American culture in the past. But the current levels of immigration are so high, and the country is now so diverse, that we must regain our sense of national purpose and identity.
Call Number: Access Online
Publication Date: 2018-01-15
Homelessness In America by Robert Hartmann McnamaraHomelessness is one of the most compelling social problems in the United States. Dating from the early years in Colonial America to the current problems relating to homeless women and children, homelessness has been the topic of discussion of scholars, social activists, and policy makers. Many types of social problems are linked to homelessness, including poverty, substance abuse, foster care, and crime. As a result, unpacking the issues has proven to be a challenge for anyone interested in this topic. Homelessness in America offers an assessment of what is known about each segment of the homeless population, which contrary to conventional belief, is comprised of a wide variety of faces from many backgrounds. It explains linkages to other social issues and provides a balanced overview of homelessness in light of the varying perspectives on the topic.While much of what has been written about homelessness has come from the academic perspective, agendas often interfere with an accurate understanding of the problem. Clearly, there is a place for other types of perspectives, including those that view homelessness through political and legal lenses. These groups have provided us with a robust body of information within which we may better understand the questions relating to homelessness. McNamara has brought together the voices of these groups in order to reveal the numerous political, economic, and social constraints that beset current attempts to solve homelessness. In addition, the commonly held belief that homelessness is a result of laziness or a poor work ethic is turned on its head to reveal that homelessness is truly a multifaceted and complex issue.
Call Number: Access Online
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
In Search of Common Ground on Abortion and Reproductive Justice by Robin West; Justin Murray; Meredith EsserThis book brings together academics, legal practitioners and activists with a wide range of pro-choice, pro-life and other views to explore the possibilities for cultural, philosophical, moral and political common ground on the subjects of abortion and reproductive justice more generally. It aims to rethink polarized positions on sexuality, morality, religion and law, in relation to abortion, as a way of laying the groundwork for productive and collaborative dialogue. The book will be valuable to anyone interested in law and society, gender and religious studies and philosophy and theory of law.
Call Number: Access Online
Publication Date: 2014-03-12
Social Justice by Loretta Capeheart; Dragan MilovanovicAn eye for an eye, the balance of scales--for centuries, these and other traditional concepts exemplified the public's perception of justice. Today, popular culture, including television shows like Law and Order, informs the public's vision. But do age-old symbols, portrayals in the media, and existing systems truly represent justice in all of its nuanced forms, or do we need to think beyond these notions? In Social Justice: Theories, Issues, and Movements, Loretta Capeheart and Dragan Milovanovic respond to the need for a comprehensive introduction to this topic. The authors argue that common conceptions of criminal justice--which accept, for the most part, a politically established definition of crime--are too limited. Instead, they show the relevancy of history, political economy, culture, critique, and cross-cultural engagement to the advancement of justice. Drawing on contemporary issues ranging from globalization to the environment, this essential textbook--ideal for course use--encourages practitioners, reformists, activists, and scholars to question the limits of the law in its present state in order to develop a fairer system at the local, national, and global levels.