Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues
[4 volumes]
by Michael Shally-Jensen, Editor
December 2010, 1707pp, 7x10
4 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39204-7
$385, £297, 335€, A528
Please contact your preferred distributor for pricing.
eBook Available: 978-0-313-39205-4
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

The United States is a vast and complex nation, a place where often-conflicting ideas exist side by side, for better and, sometimes, for worse. The ability to form opinions and make responsible choices on the critical concerns that divide our population today must begin with an unbiased examination and understanding of the facts.

This single-source reference will help students and general readers alike understand the most critical issues facing American society today.

Featuring the work of almost 200 expert contributors, the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues comprises four volumes, each devoted to a particular subject area. Volume one covers business and the economy; volume two, criminal justice; volume three, family and society; and volume four, the environment, science, and technology. Coverage within these volumes ranges from biotechnology to identity theft, from racial profiling to corporate governance, from school choice to food safety.

The work brings into focus a broad array of key issues confronting American society today. Approximately 225 in-depth entries lay out the controversies debated in the media, on campuses, in government, in boardrooms, and in homes and neighborhoods across the United States. Critical issues in criminology, medicine, religion, commerce, education, the environment, media, family life, and science are all carefully described and examined in a scholarly yet accessible way. Sidebars, photos, charts, and graphs throughout augment the entries, making them even more compelling and informative.


  • Four volumes divided by subject area
  • 225 entries written by experienced researchers and professionals who are experts in their fields
  • Charts and graphs
  • Comprehensive bibliographies at the end of each topic volume
  • Sidebars containing interesting and useful tangents to the main discussion
  • Further reading section at end of each entry, including Internet links
Michael Shally-Jensen, PhD, is former editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Americana, executive editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies, and editor of numerous other works in the social sciences and social history. He received his doctorate in cultural anthropology from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Currently he works as an independent writer and editor.
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.