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The meritocracy myth

Author: Stephen J McNamee; Robert K Miller
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2018 [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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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. The book examines talent, attitude, work ethic, and character as elements of merit and evaluates the effect of nonmerit factors such as family background, social connections, luck, market conditions, unequal educational opportunities, and discrimination.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McNamee, Stephen J., 1950-
Meritocracy myth.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
(DLC) 2017058146
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen J McNamee; Robert K Miller
ISBN: 9781538103418 1538103419
OCLC Number: 1022976838
Notes: Revised edition of The meritocracy myth, 2014.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Acknowledgments --
The american dream : origins and prospects --
On being made of the right stuff : the case for merit --
The silver spoon : inheritance and the staggered start --
It?s not what you know but --
: social and cultural capital --
Making the grade : education and mobility --
I did it my way : the decline of self-employment and the ascent of corporations --
The luck factor : being in the right place at the right time: --
Mobility through marriage : the cinderella effect --
With the collaboration of catherine b. mcnamee --
An unlevel playing field: racism, sexism, and other isms --
Growing inequality in the twenty-first century: what can be done? --
Notes --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Stephen J. McNamee, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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