Rigging the Game: How Inequality Is Reproduced in Everyday Life

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Oxford University Press, 2008 - Social Science - 295 pages
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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.

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Really great, clear explanation on how systems of inequality get set up and maintained, such that most of the people maintaining them don't have to personally support inequality -- may even personally be against it -- they just have to not know about/care enough/or know how to change things. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Thinking Sociologically About Inequality
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The Roots of Inequality
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Rigging the Game
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Copyright

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About the author (2008)


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).

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