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The Matthew effect : how advantage begets further advantage

Author: Daniel Rigney
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
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The old saying does often seem to hold true: the rich get richer while the poor get poorer, creating a widening gap between those who have more and those who have less. The sociologist Robert K. Merton called this phenomenon the Matthew effect, named after a passage in the gospel of Matthew. Yet the more closely we examine the sociological effects of this principle, the more complicated the idea becomes. Initial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Rigney, Daniel, 1949-
Matthew effect.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009021491
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Rigney
ISBN: 0231520409 9780231520409
OCLC Number: 647929761
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 165 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. What Is the Matthew Effect? 2. Matthew Effects in Science and Technology 3. Matthew Effects in the Economy 4. Matthew Effects in Politics and Public Policy 5. Matthew Effects in Education and Culture 6. Implications and Conclusions Appendix: Trends in Economic Inequality Notes References Index
Responsibility: Daniel Rigney.

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The old saying does often seem to hold true: the rich get richer while the poor get poorer, creating a widening gap between those who have more and those who have less. The sociologist Robert K. Merton called this phenomenon the Matthew effect, named after a passage in the gospel of Matthew. Yet the more closely we examine the sociological effects of this principle, the more complicated the idea becomes. Initial advantage doesn't always lead to further advantage, and disadvantage doesn't necessarily translate into failure. Does this theory need to be revisited?Merton's arguments.

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Rigney's summary of the latest research findings should contribute to a much needed discussion between policy makers, social scientists, and the general public. Publishers Weekly [A] cogent book. -- Read more...

 
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