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The Resource The myth of meritocracy : why working-class kids get working-class jobs, James Bloodworth

The myth of meritocracy : why working-class kids get working-class jobs, James Bloodworth

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The myth of meritocracy : why working-class kids get working-class jobs
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The myth of meritocracy
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why working-class kids get working-class jobs
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James Bloodworth
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eng
Summary
The best jobs in Britain today are overwhelmingly done by the children of the wealthy. Meanwhile, it is increasingly difficult for bright but poor kids to transcend their circumstances. This state of affairs should not only worry the less well-off. It hurts the middle classes too, who are increasingly locked out of the top professions by those from affluent backgrounds. Hitherto, Labour and Conservative politicians alike have sought to deal with the problem by promoting the idea of equality of opportunity. In politics, social mobility is the only game in town, and old socialist arguments emphasising economic equality are about as fashionable today as mullets and shell suits. Yet genuine equality of opportunity is impossible alongside levels of inequality last seen during the 1930s. In a grossly unequal society, the privileges of the parents unfailingly become the privileges of the children. A vague commitment from our politicians to build a meritocracy is not enough. Nor is it desirable: a perfectly stratified meritocracy, in which everyone knew their station based on merit, would be a deeply unpleasant place to live. Any genuine attempt to improve social mobility must start by reducing the gap between rich and poor.--
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non fiction
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bibliography
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The myth of meritocracy : why working-class kids get working-class jobs, James Bloodworth
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FIEb17848611
Dimensions
19 cm.
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137 pages
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9781785900532
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(OCoLC)949988587
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The myth of meritocracy : why working-class kids get working-class jobs, James Bloodworth
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
FIEb17848611
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
137 pages
Isbn
9781785900532
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)949988587

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