Back to home page - News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

not-for-profit - a workers'co-op - committed to social justice | 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY - 0151 708 7270

The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working Class Kids Still Get Working Class Jobs

by James Bloodworth - £10.00  Biteback Publishing (2016)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781785900532 | ISBN 10: 1785900536

The best jobs in Britain today are overwhelmingly done by the children of the wealthy. Meanwhile, it is increasingly difficult for bright but poor kids to transcend their circumstances. This state of affairs should not only worry the less well-off. It hurts the middle classes too, who are increasingly locked out of the top professions by those from affluent backgrounds.
 
Hitherto, Labour and Conservative politicians alike have sought to deal with the problem by promoting the idea of ‘equality of opportunity’. In politics, social mobility is the only game in town, and old socialist arguments emphasising economic equality are about as fashionable today as mullets and shell suits. Yet genuine equality of opportunity is impossible alongside levels of inequality last seen during the 1930s. In a grossly unequal society, the privileges of the parents unfailingly become the privileges of the children.
 
A vague commitment from our politicians to build a ‘meritocracy’ is not enough. Nor is it desirable: a perfectly stratified meritocracy, in which everyone knew their station based on ‘merit’, would be a deeply unpleasant place to live. Any genuine attempt to improve social mobility must start by reducing the gap between rich and poor.

(Price & availability last checked: May 2016)

The website can't tell you if this book is in the shop or not, sorry - call us or use the enquiry link below to ask

  


In booklists: Politics of Modern Britain, Work and Worker's Lives, Class, Poverty & Social Exclusion,
In categories: Politics & Philosophy, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, Work & Workers Rights, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State,

© News From Nowhere Co-operative Ltd 2004-2020 | Privacy policy | Contact | return to top of page