Rigging the Game

Rigging the Game : How Inequality Is Reproduced in Everyday Life

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In Rigging the Game-a brief, accessible introduction to the study of inequality in American society-Michael Schwalbe investigates how inequality is both created and reproduced. Guided by the questions How did the situation get this way? and How does it stay this way?, Schwalbe tracks inequality from its roots to its regulation. In the final chapter, "Escaping the Inequality Trap," he also shows how inequality can be overcome. Throughout, Schwalbe's engaging writing style draws students into the material, providing instructors with a solid foundation for discussing this challenging and provocative subject. With its lively combination of incisive analysis and compelling fictional narratives, Rigging the Game is an innovative teaching tool-not only for courses on stratification, but also for social problems courses, introductory sociology courses, and any course that takes a close look at how the inequalities of race, class, and gender are perpetuated.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195333004
  • 9780195333008
  • 1,194,232

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I really like this book and I bet that students will love it. It's not overly theoretical, and it relies on real-world examples. That's a unique and desirable combination of features. * Matt Huffman, University of California, Irvine * I especially love the last chapter, with Schwalbe's hopeful conclusions and community-oriented approach. This is precisely what students need to learn to co-create the alternative institutions necessary to propel us forward into the emerging global multicultural millennium. I found this to be an engaging and insightful read, so much so that I will be pleased to incorporate it into my classes. * Holly Denning, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater * This text anticipates many of the questions that students raise (or silently wonder about) in a first course on inequality, and it answers these questions convincingly. This is a real teaching text. * Martin Eisenberg, Queens College * Schwalbe's writing is crisp and clear. Throughout the text he provides concrete examples to illustrate concepts and theories. His analysis of how social inequality is perpetuated will make social stratification understandable and help students visualize how oppression is part of everyday life. * Carolyn E. Gross, Lynchburg College * Having taught sociology for 25 years, I have found few books as exciting and inspiring as Michael Schwalbe's pedagogic tour de force, Rigging the Game. The astonishing chapter 7 fictional "Interview with Rania O," especially, may well be the single at once most brilliantly conceived and artfully accessible expression of sociological imagination I have ever read. * Bruce Luske, Marist College *show more

About Michael Schwalbe

Michael Schwalbe is a professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. He is author of Unlocking the Iron Cage: The Men's Movement, Gender Politics, and American Culture (1996), Remembering Reet and Shine: Two Black Men, One Struggle (2004), and The Sociologically Examined Life, Fourth Edition (2008).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Thinking Sociologically About Inequality ; Chapter One: The Roots of Inequality ; Chapter Two: Rigging the Game ; Chapter Three: The Valley of the Nine Families (a story) ; Chapter Four: Arresting the Imagination ; Chapter Five: Smoke Screen (a story) ; Chapter Six: Regulating the Action ; Chapter Seven: Interview with Rania O (an account) ; Chapter Eight: Escaping the Inequality Trap ; Acknowledgements ; Name Index ; Subject Indexshow more

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