Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 December 2014

352 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190216405

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Rigging the Game

How Inequality is Reproduced in Everyday Life

Second Edition

Michael Schwalbe

In Rigging the Game Michael Schwalbe offers a clear and compelling introduction to how the rules that shape economic life and everyday interaction generate and perpetuate inequality in American society. 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. With its lively combination of analysis and stories, Rigging the Game is an innovative tool for teaching about the inequalities of race, class, and gender. In the final chapter, "Escaping the Inequality Trap," Schwalbe helps students understand how inequality can be challenged and overcome.

New to this Edition:

  • Updated facts and figures
  • Current discussions of privacy and the surveillance state, tax breaks and loopholes for the rich, new voter suppression and campaign finance laws, and the Occupy Wall Street movement
  • A new postscript to the fictional "Interview with Rania O" looks at the politics of climate change

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