As with previous editions, the 12th edition explores contemporary issues that students hear about in
the media through a sociological lens. From social mobility among Latino immigrants to online social
networks to environmental policy issues and health care around the world, this book helps students to
develop a sociological perspective as they consider relevant topics and issues. With this objective in
mind, coverage of the global economic downturn that began in 2008 and became global in its impact by
2009 is discussed in relevant chapters.