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Meritocracy today involves the idea that whatever your social position at birth, society ought to offer enough opportunity and mobility for ‘talent’ to combine with ‘effort’ in order to ‘rise to the top’. This idea is one of the most prevalent social and cultural tropes of our time, as palpable in the speeches of politicians as in popular culture. In this book Jo Littler argues that meritocracy is the key cultural means of legitimation for contemporary neoliberal culture – and that whilst it promises opportunity, it in fact creates new forms of social division.

Against Meritocracy is split into two parts. Part I explores the genealogies of meritocracy within social theory, political discourse and working cultures. It traces the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s meaning, from socialist slur to a contemporary ideal of how a society should be organised. Part II uses a series of case studies to analyse the cultural pull of popular ‘parables of progress’, from reality TV to the super-rich and celebrity CEOs, from social media controversies to the rise of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying special attention to the role of gender, ‘race’ and class, this book provides new conceptualisations of the meaning of meritocracy in contemporary culture and society.
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Against meritocracy, aka wokeocracy.
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This was on my wishlist. It’s meant to be excellent. Thanks.
thebopple29/02/2020 18:42

This was on my wishlist. It’s meant to be excellent. Thanks.


You welcome!
Worth a punt at that price! Cheers OP.
Thought it was another loft ladder deal
This actually looks very interesting! Think this will be my next night shift read at work
Against meritocracy, aka wokeocracy.
Thanks OP 🌞
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