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

By Jo Littler

Meritocracy at the present time includes the concept no matter what your social place at delivery, society should supply adequate chance and mobility for ‘talent’ to mix with ‘effort’ with a view to ‘rise to the top’. this concept is without doubt one of the so much customary social and cultural tropes of our time, as palpable within the speeches of politicians as in pop culture. during this e-book Jo Littler argues that meritocracy is the major cultural technique of legitimation for modern neoliberal tradition – and that while it delivers chance, it in truth creates new types of social division.



Against Meritocracy is cut up into elements. half I explores the genealogies of meritocracy inside of social thought, political discourse and dealing cultures. It strains the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s that means, from socialist slur to a latest perfect of ways a society might be organised. half II makes use of a chain of case reviews to examine the cultural pull of renowned ‘parables of progress’, from truth television to the super-rich and big name CEOs, from social media controversies to the increase of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying designated consciousness to the position of gender, ‘race’ and sophistication, this booklet offers new conceptualisations of the which means of meritocracy in modern tradition and society.

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