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

By Jo Littler

Meritocracy this day consists of 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 likely one of the such a lot regular 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 most important cultural technique of legitimation for modern neoliberal tradition – and that while it delivers chance, it actually creates new kinds of social division.

Against Meritocracy is cut up into elements. half I explores the genealogies of meritocracy inside social idea, political discourse and dealing cultures. It strains the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s which means, from socialist slur to a modern excellent of ways a society will be organised. half II makes use of a sequence of case stories to examine the cultural pull of renowned ‘parables of progress’, from fact television to the super-rich and superstar CEOs, from social media controversies to the increase of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying detailed recognition to the position of gender, ‘race’ and sophistication, this ebook offers new conceptualisations of the that means of meritocracy in modern tradition and society.

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