The world is evolving at a rapid pace. South Africa alone has undergone a process of major socioeconomic and political change in recent times. The desegregation of educational, religious, sport and other structures, the democratisation of the decision making process, and the implementation of affirmative action, for example, have involved a shift in the values and normative orientation of the population. The exact effects of such changes, both positive and negative, cannot be easily identified or measured. A reader on selected social issues considers the nature, causes and consequences of a wide range of current social phenomena, worldwide.
A reader on selected social issues attempts a more “global” approach, rather than concentrating solely on South African society. All chapters have been extensively updated, with contributions from both national and international experts. Because the content of the chapters is not discipline specific, lecturers can use perspectives from within their own fields to guide students to an understanding of the phenomena being discussed. ‘Windows’ with thought-provoking information, as well as discussion topics at the end of each chapter, encourage students to deal with aspects beyond the scope of the text.
Contents include the following:
• Child maltreatment
• Eating disorders
• Substance abuse and addiction
• Self-harming behaviours and suicide
• Sexual violence
• Human trafficking
• Population and environmental issues
Section 1 Marriage and family
Chapter 1 Family disorganisation and violence
Chapter 2 Divorce
Section 2 Childhood and adolescence
Chapter 3 Child maltreatment
Chapter 4 Teenage pregnancy
Chapter 5 Adolescent risk-taking behaviour
Chapter 6 Juvenile delinquency
Section 3 Health issues
Chapter 7 Feeding, nutritional and eating disorders in children and youth
Chapter 8 Substance abuse and addiction: drugs and alcohol
Chapter 9 HIV and AIDS as cross-cutting social issues
Section 4 Destructive behaviours
Chapter 10 Self-harming behaviours
Chapter 11 Suicide
Chapter 12 Sexual violence and human rights
Chapter 13 Human trafficking
Chapter 14 Crime
Section 5 Population and environmental issues
Chapter 15 Population issues
Chapter 16 Poverty
Chapter 17 Environmental issues
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