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Understanding Controversy and Society

by Gregg Lee Carter, Julie Dunbar, Jeremy Gypton, Chuck Stewart, and Abigaile VanHorn, Editors

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Investigating current issues—justice to international, gender to crime, and education to law—helps students to develop critical thinking skills and, even more importantly, to turn them into informed citizens capable of responsibly making the decisions that will dictate our future.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society brings important issues in today's world to students' attention, highlighting the complete historical background, contemporary status, and global view of each. It provides students authoritative context, diverse expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources for truly understanding the issues that currently affect much of our global society, and for developing informed positions on those engendering controversy.


  • Houses more than 7,300 primary and secondary sources, including 4,900 photos and illustrations and 160 audio and video recordings
  • Supports inquiry lessons by focusing on questions such as "Should the right to bear arms be restricted?"; "Do corporations have an obligation to act in a socially responsible manner?"; and "How has foreign intervention affected the situation in the Middle East?"
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Advisory Board

Gregg Lee Carter is professor of sociology at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Dr. Carter earned his PhD in sociology from Columbia University.

Julie Dunbar is the Editorial Manager for ABC-CLIO's online reference program. She has a BA in human geography from the University of Colorado and an MFA in writing from Naropa University.

Jeremy Gypton is a veteran educator whose specialties include social studies curriculum and instruction. He currently serves as a Teacher Program Manager at

Chuck Stewart is the author of more than 15 books on LGBT topics. He has a PhD in intercultural education and a certificate in women's studies from the University of Southern California.

Abigaile VanHorn is director of curriculum development for Sigma Chi Leadership Institute and instructor of government at Central Texas College. She has a PhD in political science from Purdue.

Topic Centers


Crime and Justice
• Capital Punishment
• Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation
• Defendant Rights
• Drug Trafficking
• Forensic Evidence
• Gangs
• Gun Control
• Human Trafficking
• Intellectual Property
• Judicial Activism
• Juvenile Justice
• Organized Crime
• Police Misconduct
• Prison Privatization
• Rape
• Sentencing
• Serial Killers
• Victims' Rights
• Wrongful Conviction
Environmental Conflict
and Degradation

• Air Pollution
• Climate Change
• Climate Refugees
• Endangered Species
• Environmental Justice
• Forest Fires
• Hazardous Waste Disposal
• Natural Resource Conflicts
• Ocean Politics and Policy
• Ocean Pollution
• Overpopulation
• Ozone Depletion
• Poaching
• Pollution
• Urban Sprawl
• Water Issues
Internet and Technology
• Cyber Bullying
• Cyber Socializing
• Cybercrime
• Genetically Modified Foods
• Online Censorship
• Online Privacy
Society and Culture
• Body Image
• Consumer Culture
• Ethics and Journalism
• Gambling
• Pornography
• Sports Ethics
• Sports Violence
• Veterans' Benefits
• Violence and the Media
Economics and Business
• Consumer Fraud
• Corporate Espionage
• Free Trade
• Globalization
• Homelessness
• Income Inequality
• Outsourcing
• Poverty
Family and Youth
• Adoption
• Bullying
• Child Abuse
• Child Sexual Abuse
• Child Welfare
• Divorce
• Domestic Violence
• Parental Rights
• Polygamy
• Teen Pregnancy
Law and Politics
• Animal Rights
• Censorship
• Civil Liberties
• Election and Campaign Reform
• Euthanasia and the Right to Die
• Government Secrecy
• Health Care
• Immigration
• Lobbying
• Marijuana Legalization
• Media and Politics
• Social Security Reform
• Tax Reform
• U.S. as World Power
• Voting Controversies
• Welfare Reform
• Youth and Political Participation
War and Conflict
• Anti-American Sentiment
• Aviation Security
• Bioterrorism
• Border Security
• Domestic Terrorism
• Ecoterrorism
• Ethics of War
• Military Robots and Drones
• Military Service
• National Security
• Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation
• Refugees
• Space and the Military
• Torture
• War Crimes and International Law
• Women in Combat
• Academic Plagiarism
• Bilingual Education
• Education and Gender
• Education Reform
• Literacy
• Religion in Schools
• Rising College Costs
• School Violence
• Sex Education in Schools
• Student Rights
• Teaching Evolution vs. Creationism
Gender and Sexuality
• Abortion
• Equality in the Workplace
• Feminism
• Gay and Lesbian Rights
• Gender Politics
• Hate Crimes
• Same-Sex Marriage
• Sexual Harassment
• Transgender Rights
Race and Ethnicity
• Affirmative Action
• Civil Rights
• Native American Issues
• Racial and Ethnic Diversity
• Racial Profiling
• White Supremacy
Energy and Environmental Sustainability
• Biodiversity
• Energy Conservation
• Environmental Activism
• Forest Conservation
• Nuclear Power
• Recycling
• Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Sustainable Development
• Waste Management
•Wilderness Preservation
Health and Medicine
• AIDS Treatment
• Alcohol Abuse
• Anti-Vaccination Movement
• Drug Abuse
• Drunk Driving
• Epidemics and Pandemics
• Mental Health
• Organic Movement
• Smoking
• Stem Cell Research
• Suicide
Religion and Spirituality
• Anti-Semitism
• Cults
• Islam in the West
• Religion and Politics
• Religious Extremism




"The Issues database is very user friendly and is a valuable resource for researchers. Highly recommended for high school and academic libraries."ARBA

"Recommended for libraries that support a school curriculum or serve students in grades 7 and up."Booklist

"The ease of use makes this a great tool for social science instruction as well as debate preparation."MultiMedia & Internet@Schools

"Not only is Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society very useful for exploring current issues for social studies and English courses and research papers, it is also helpful for selecting and preparing for debate topics."Library Media Connection

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."Booklist

"This resource lets subscribers explore an issue . . . complete with a detailed Overview, Timeline, Facts & Figures, Current View & Outlook, questions for Discussion, and several Primary Sources. . . . Authoritative writing and accessibility are this product's key attributes."Library Journal


"The Wayne School district has adopted a thematic curriculum for the teaching of World and US History. As a result of this curriculum shift, we have decided not to rely on a textbook as the primary instrument for instruction. In this age of digital technology, we have found that there are many wonderful digital resources that students and teachers can utilize to enrich the learning experience. One of the best is ABC-CLIO. We find their databases of information to be rich in primary source materials, their readings to be clear and concise, and their videos, graphs, and charts very engaging. Furthermore, the ABC-CLIO databases are easy to navigate for students and teachers. Searches are easily obtained including advance searches. ABC-CLIO even provides stimulating lessons and discussion points to further enhance the classroom experience. We are very happy with their product including their support services. I would recommend ABC-CLIO to any school district looking to move their curriculum into the 21st century."
—Carmine J. Picardo, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Wayne Public Schools


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2007 Distinguished Achievement Award — AEP

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2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

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2016 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette

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2018 Gold Award — Modern Library Awards

2019 Best Social Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2018 Best Social Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2018 Best Online Educational Resource — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)



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