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Debatable social difficulties at the moment dealing with americans are addressed in those 12 astute bibliographic essays that synthesize the literature at the concerns and description innovations for finding additional info. many of the matters coated are media and pop culture; public coverage and govt; legislations and the management of the justice process; poverty, welfare, and unemployment; baby care and elder care; starvation and meals; homelessness; and kids and the altering American relations. The essays supply considerate examinations of the problems, talk about attainable resolutions, and current lists of assets for extra examine. a vital buy for school and collage libraries, this paintings can be acceptable for top tuition libraries and medium to massive public libraries. it may be used as a supplementary textual content for sociology, social paintings, public coverage, relations reports, schooling, and nursing classes that contain the examine of up to date social matters, and as a guide by way of practitioners i

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Past attitudes frequently resembled a two-way street that enabled Americans to care for refugees who sought a better and more democratic way of life. In turn, these immigrants brought with them skills and dedication to their new country. In this decade new arrivals seem to Page 7 need more help than they can give (In plain Spanish, No, 1993, p. 16). This situation is especially true for those who reach this country illegally (Nelson, 1975; Corwin, 1978; Fogel, 1978, Gregory, 1989; Cockcroft, 1986; James, 1991).

In the 1970s and 1980s marriage rates among black women declined and the number of black female-headed households rose dramatically (Skolnik 1991, p. 216). Many African-American observers agreed that there was indeed a crisis in the black family. In contrast to what many feared, however, changes in black families were not leading indicators of future changes in white family life; rather, the family patterns of the two groups were moving further apart than they had ever been in this century (Laslett, 1989).

Ultimately, most experts agree, the real danger for illegals is that they may become a permanent servant classlatter day indentured servants needed for their labor but living as fearful, second-class citizens on the margins of society" (Griffin, 1992, p. 367). Page 9 The Age Gap In 1992 the National Council on the Aging reported that there were over 31 million Americans over age 65. More than one in five working adults provided some care for an elderly relative, usually a parent or parent-in-law, and lost on average one week's work per year, according to social welfare researcher Andrew Scharlach at the University of California, Berkeley.

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