Against Meritocracy: Culture, power and myths of mobility by Jo Littler

By Jo Littler

Meritocracy this present day consists of the concept no matter what your social place at delivery, society should supply adequate chance and mobility for ‘talent’ to mix with ‘effort’ so one can ‘rise to the top’. this concept is among the so much time-honored social and cultural tropes of our time, as palpable within the speeches of politicians as in pop culture. during this e-book Jo Littler argues that meritocracy is the most important cultural technique of legitimation for modern neoliberal tradition – and that when it gives you chance, it actually creates new types of social division.

Against Meritocracy is break up into elements. half I explores the genealogies of meritocracy inside of social concept, political discourse and dealing cultures. It lines the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s which means, from socialist slur to a latest excellent of ways a society can be organised. half II makes use of a chain of case stories to examine the cultural pull of renowned ‘parables of progress’, from truth television to the super-rich and megastar CEOs, from social media controversies to the increase of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying distinctive awareness to the function of gender, ‘race’ and sophistication, this ebook presents new conceptualisations of the that means of meritocracy in modern tradition and society.

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