Professor Michael Schwalbe--Pioneer in Critical Interactionism

Professor Michael Schwalbe is one of the great pioneers in Critical Interactionism, and I hope to highlight some of his outstanding research in this blog.    His outstanding book, Rigging the Game (2007) examines how inequality is reproduced in everyday life.  Here are some publications listed on his university web site:

Michael Schwalbe is a professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. He is the author of: Rigging the Game: How Inequality Is Reproduced in Everyday Life (Oxford, 2008). He can be reached at


  • Schwalbe, M.L. (2011). Smoke Damage: Voices from the Front Lines of America's Tobacco Wars. Madison, WI: Borderland Books.
  • Schwalbe, M.L. (2010). "In Search of Craft." Social Psychology Quarterly 73:107-111.
  • Schwalbe, M.L. (2009). "Framing the Self." Symbolic Interaction 32:177-183.
  • Schwalbe, M.L. (2008). Rigging the Game: How Inequality Is Reproduced in Everyday Life. New York: Oxford.
  • Schrock, D., and M.L. Schwalbe (2009). "Men, Masculinity, and Manhood Acts."Annual Review of Sociology 35:277-295.
  • Schwalbe, M.L. (2009). "We Wear the Mask: Subordinated Masculinity and the Persona Trap." Pp. 139-152 in P. Vannini and P. Williams (eds.), Authenticity in Culture, Self, and Society. London: Ashgate.
  • Schwalbe, M.L. (2004). Remembering Reet and Shine: Two Black Men, One Struggle. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. 

  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, 1984
    • M.A. in Sociology from Washington State University, 1981
    • B.S. in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1979