The Meritocracy Myth / Edition 2

The Meritocracy Myth / Edition 2

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

McNamee and Miller (both sociology, U. of North Carolina-Wilmington) explain the features of The American Dream, how it came to be, and why people keep believing in it against all the evidence. Then they demonstrate that people's success depends almost entirely on the privilege of their birth rather than personal traits. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland… See more details below

Overview

McNamee and Miller (both sociology, U. of North Carolina-Wilmington) explain the features of The American Dream, how it came to be, and why people keep believing in it against all the evidence. Then they demonstrate that people's success depends almost entirely on the privilege of their birth rather than personal traits. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. McNamee is interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is the recipient of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, The University of North Carolina Wilmington Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, and the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors Teaching Award.

Robert K. Miller Jr. is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has published widely on the topic of social and economic inequality and is coeditor with Stephen J. McNamee of Inheritance and Wealth in America.

Table of Contents

1The American dream : origins and prospects1
2On being made of the right stuff : the case for merit21
3The silver spoon : inheritance and the staggered start49
4It's not what you know but... : social and cultural capital71
5Making the grade : education and mobility95
6Being in the right place at the right time : the luck factor117
7I did it my way : self-employment and mobility137
8An unlevel playing field : racism and sexism155
9Discrimination by any other name : other isms181
10Running in place : the long wage recession197

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