By Jo Littler
Meritocracy at the present time includes the concept no matter what your social place at start, society should supply sufficient chance and mobility for ‘talent’ to mix with ‘effort’ so one can ‘rise to the top’. this concept is likely one of the such a lot commonplace 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 provides chance, it in truth creates new varieties 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 lines the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s that means, from socialist slur to a latest perfect of the way a society can be organised. half II makes use of a sequence of case experiences 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 specific recognition to the position of gender, ‘race’ and sophistication, this publication presents new conceptualisations of the that means of meritocracy in modern tradition and society.
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