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Michael Schwartz (sociologist)

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Michael H. Schwartz
Born (1942-05-09) May 9, 1942 (age 82)[3]
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1964)
Harvard University (Ph.D. 1971)[3]
Scientific career
InstitutionsState University of New York at Stony Brook
ThesisThe Southern Farmers' Alliance: The Organizational Forms of Radical Protest (1971[2])
Doctoral advisorHarrison White
Doctoral studentsKenneth Andrews, Dan Clawson, Mark Mizruchi,[1]

Michael Herman Schwartz (born May 9, 1942) is an American sociologist and prominent critic of the Iraq war. He is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in New York, where he also serves as faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies and Chair of the Sociology Department. Schwartz has written extensively in the areas of economic sociology and social movements.


Schwartz received his doctorate from the Department of Social Relations, Harvard University, where he was a student of Harrison White and Charles Tilly. His writings on Iraq have appeared in TomDispatch, Asia Times, Mother Jones, and Contexts. In Radical Protest and Social Structure, Schwartz develops the concept of "structural ignorance" to refer to how individuals make choices and decisions in regard to collective action based on their position in the social structure, which constrains their access to relevant information.


Solely authored books[edit]

  • Schwartz, Michael (2008). War Without End: The Iraq War in Context. Chicago: Haymarket Books. ISBN 9781931859547.
  • Schwartz, Michael (1976). Radical Protest and Social Structure: The Southern Farmers' Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880–1890. New York: Academic Press. ISBN 0126328501.

Co-authored books[edit]

Edited books[edit]


  • Takuyoshi Takada, Beth Mintz, and Michael Schwartz (eds.) Corporate Control, Capital Institute of Business Research. Tokyo: Chuo University Press, 1996.
  • Romo, Frank; Schwartz, Michael (1995). "The Structural Embeddedness of Business Decisions". American Sociological Review. 60 (6): 874–907. doi:10.2307/2096431. JSTOR 2096431.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mizruchi, Mark (1980). The structure of the American corporate network: 1904-1974 (PhD). p. ii. OCLC 7297026. ProQuest 303081789.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Michael Herman (1971). The Southern Farmers' Alliance: The organizational forms of radical protest (PhD). Harvard University. OCLC 3257607. ProQuest 302462395.
  3. ^ a b "Michael Schwartz". Who's Who in America (70 ed.). Berkeley Heights, NJ: Marquis Who's Who. 2016.
  • Wrecked Iraq: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means. [1]
  • War Without End: The Iraq War in Context.[2]