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

By Jo Littler

Meritocracy this day comprises the concept no matter what your social place at start, society should supply adequate chance and mobility for ‘talent’ to mix with ‘effort’ on the way to ‘rise to the top’. this concept is without doubt one of the such a lot established social and cultural tropes of our time, as palpable within the speeches of politicians as in pop culture. during this ebook Jo Littler argues that meritocracy is the major cultural technique of legitimation for modern neoliberal tradition – and that when it supplies chance, it in truth creates new varieties of social division.

Against Meritocracy is break up into elements. half I explores the genealogies of meritocracy inside 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 will be organised. half II makes use of a sequence of case reviews to examine the cultural pull of well known ‘parables of progress’, from truth television to the super-rich and star CEOs, from social media controversies to the increase of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying specific realization to the function of gender, ‘race’ and sophistication, this ebook offers new conceptualisations of the which means of meritocracy in modern tradition and society.

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