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Books in brief: The Myth of Meritocracy: ‘Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working-Class Jobs’ by James Bloodworth

cover_9781785900532The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working-Class Jobs by James Bloodworth (Biteback, £10)

The pursuit of meritocracy, James Bloodworth argues, is a “modern political obsession.” And why not, you might ask. A society where the most talented rise to the top through ability rather than parental connections or inherited wealth is, surely, the closest to a social and economic utopia as we can reasonably hope for.

Not so, argues Bloodworth, in this elegant and illuminating polemic. The desire for meritocracy, he argues, is disastrously misguided. In a society still as…

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