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Against meritocracy : culture, power and myths of mobility, Jo Littler

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Against meritocracy : culture, power and myths of mobility
Title
Against meritocracy
Title remainder
culture, power and myths of mobility
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Jo Littler
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Language
eng
Summary
Meritocracy today involves the idea that whatever your social position at birth, society ought to offer enough opportunity and mobility for 'talent' to combine with 'effort' in order to 'rise to the top'. This idea is one of the most prevalent social and cultural tropes of our time, as palpable in the speeches of politicians as in popular culture. In this book Jo Littler argues that meritocracy is the key cultural means of legitimation for contemporary neoliberal culture – and that whilst it promises opportunity, it in fact creates new forms of social division. Against Meritocracy is split into two parts. Part I explores the genealogies of meritocracy within social theory, political discourse and working cultures. It traces the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s meaning, from socialist slur to a contemporary ideal of how a society should be organised. Part II uses a series of case studies to analyse the cultural pull of popular ‘parables of progress’, from reality TV to the super-rich and celebrity CEOs, from social media controversies to the rise of the 'mumpreneur'. Paying special attention to the role of gender, ‘race’ and class, this book provides new conceptualisations of the meaning of meritocracy in contemporary culture and society. --
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1972-
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Littler, Jo
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Social mobility
  • Plutocracy
  • Power (Social sciences)
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Against meritocracy : culture, power and myths of mobility, Jo Littler
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn957388368
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 236 pages
Isbn
9781138889552
Lccn
2017002013
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)957388368
Label
Against meritocracy : culture, power and myths of mobility, Jo Littler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn957388368
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 236 pages
Isbn
9781138889552
Lccn
2017002013
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)957388368

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