Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
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).
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