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Against Meritocracy
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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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Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Taylor and Francis
Author:
Jo Littler
Date Added:
08/15/2017
Introduction to Sociology 2e
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Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical, one-semester introductory sociology course. It offers comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, which are supported by a wealth of engaging learning materials. The textbook presents detailed section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. The second edition retains the book’s conceptual organization, aligning to most courses, and has been significantly updated to reflect the latest research and provide examples most relevant to today’s students. In order to help instructors transition to the revised version, the 2e changes are described within the preface.

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Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
02/01/2012
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Introduction to Sociology 2e, Social Stratification in the United States, Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States
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Understand the U.S. class structureDescribe several types of social mobilityRecognize characteristics that define and identify class

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Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Audra Kallimanis
Date Added:
06/24/2020
Introduction to Sociology 2e, Social Stratification in the United States, Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States
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Understand the U.S. class structureDescribe several types of social mobilityRecognize characteristics that define and identify class

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Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
11/15/2016