The Meritocracy Myth / Edition 2

The Meritocracy Myth / Edition 2

by Stephen J. McNamee, Robert K., Jr. Miller Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742561682

ISBN-13: 9780742561687

Pub. Date: 07/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The Meritocracy Myth challenges the widely held American belief in meritocracy-that people get out of the system what they put into it based on individual merit. Fully revised and updated throughout, the second edition includes compelling new case studies and new material on current topics such as the impact of the financial and credit crisis, intergenerational

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The Meritocracy Myth challenges the widely held American belief in meritocracy-that people get out of the system what they put into it based on individual merit. Fully revised and updated throughout, the second edition includes compelling new case studies and new material on current topics such as the impact of the financial and credit crisis, intergenerational mobility, and the impact of racism and sexism.

The Meritocracy Myth examines talent, attitude, work ethic, and character as elements of merit and evaluates the effect of nonmerit factors such as social status, race, heritage, and wealth on meritocracy. A compelling book on an often-overlooked topic, the first edition was highly regarded and proved a useful examination of this classic American ideal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742561687
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 The American Dream: Origins and Prospects 1

2 On Being Made of the Right Stuff: The Case for Merit 25

3 The Silver Spoon: Inheritance and the Staggered Start 55

4 It's Not What You Know but...: Social and Cultural Capital 79

5 Making the Grade: Education and Mobility 107

6 Being in the Right Place at the Right Time: The Luck Factor 137

7 I Did It My Way: The Decline of Self-employment and the Ascent of Corporations 165

8 An Unlevel Playing Field: Racism and Sexism 189

9 Discrimination by Any Other Name: Other Isms 225

10 Growing Inequality in the Twenty-first Century 243

Index 269

About the Authors 285

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