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The meritocracy myth

Author: Stephen J McNamee; Robert K Miller
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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This book challenges the widely held American belief in meritocracy-that people get out of the system what they put into it based on individual merit. Examining talent, attitude, work ethic, and character as elements of merit, the book also evaluates the effect of non-merit factors such as social status, race, heritage, and wealth on meritocracy. The third edition features a new section on "The Great Recession."
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McNamee, Stephen J., 1950-
Meritocracy myth.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013
(DLC) 2013011708
(OCoLC)833918164
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen J McNamee; Robert K Miller
ISBN: 9781442219830 1442219831
OCLC Number: 852158241
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 --
Being in the right place at the right time : the luck factor --
I did it my way : the decline of self-employment and the ascent of corporations --
An unlevel playing field : racism, sexism, and other isms --
Growing inequality in the twenty-first century --
Index --
About the authors.
Responsibility: Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller Jr.

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This book challenges the widely held American belief in meritocracy-that people get out of the system what they put into it based on individual merit. Examining talent, attitude, work ethic, and character as elements of merit, the book also evaluates the effect of non-merit factors such as social status, race, heritage, and wealth on meritocracy. The third edition features a new section on "The Great Recession."

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