New PDF release: Against Meritocracy: Culture, power and myths of mobility

By Jo Littler

Meritocracy this day comprises the concept that no matter what your social place at start, society should supply sufficient chance and mobility for ‘talent’ to mix with ‘effort’ to be able to ‘rise to the top’. this concept is without doubt one of the so much well-known 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 main cultural technique of legitimation for modern neoliberal tradition – and that while it supplies chance, it actually creates new sorts of social division.

Against Meritocracy is break up into components. half I explores the genealogies of meritocracy inside social concept, political discourse and dealing cultures. It lines the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s which means, from socialist slur to a modern excellent of the way a society may 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 famous person CEOs, from social media controversies to the increase of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying targeted cognizance to the position 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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