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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.
|1||The American dream : origins and prospects||1|
|2||On being made of the right stuff : the case for merit||21|
|3||The silver spoon : inheritance and the staggered start||49|
|4||It's not what you know but... : social and cultural capital||71|
|5||Making the grade : education and mobility||95|
|6||Being in the right place at the right time : the luck factor||117|
|7||I did it my way : self-employment and mobility||137|
|8||An unlevel playing field : racism and sexism||155|
|9||Discrimination by any other name : other isms||181|
|10||Running in place : the long wage recession||197|