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By Jo Littler

Meritocracy this day comprises the concept that no matter what your social place at delivery, society should supply sufficient chance and mobility for ‘talent’ to mix with ‘effort’ so that it will ‘rise to the top’. this concept is likely one of the such a lot well-known 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 major cultural technique of legitimation for modern neoliberal tradition – and that when it delivers chance, it actually creates new kinds of social division.

Against Meritocracy is break up into elements. half I explores the genealogies of meritocracy inside of social idea, political discourse and dealing cultures. It lines the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s which means, from socialist slur to a modern perfect of ways a society can be organised. half II makes use of a sequence of case reports to examine the cultural pull of well known ‘parables of progress’, from truth television to the super-rich and superstar CEOs, from social media controversies to the increase of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying unique cognizance to the function of gender, ‘race’ and sophistication, this ebook presents new conceptualisations of the which means of meritocracy in modern tradition and society.

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