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The Meritocracy Trap

Author : Daniel Markovits
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'This book flips your world upside down. Daniel Markovits argues that meritocracy isn't a virtuous, efficient system that rewards the best and brightest. Instead it rewards middle-class families who can afford huge investments in their children's education ... Frightening, eye-opening stuff' The Times, Books of the Year Even in the midst of runaway economic inequality and dangerous social division, it remains an axiom of modern life that meritocracy reigns supreme and promises to open opportunity to all. The idea that reward should follow ability and effort is so entrenched in our psyche that, even as society divides itself at almost every turn, all sides can be heard repeating meritocratic notions. Meritocracy cuts to the heart of who we think we are. But what if, both up and down the social ladder, meritocracy is a sham? Today, meritocracy has become exactly what it was conceived to resist: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations. Upward mobility has become a fantasy, and the embattled middle classes are now more likely to sink into the working poor than to rise into the professional elite. At the same time, meritocracy now ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring rich adults to work with crushing intensity, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return. All this is not the result of deviations or retreats from meritocracy but rather stems directly from meritocracy's successes. This is the radical argument that The Meritocracy Trap prosecutes with rare force, comprehensive research, and devastating persuasion. Daniel Markovits, a law professor trained in philosophy and economics, is better placed than most to puncture one of the dominant ideas of our age. Having spent his life at elite universities, he knows from the inside the corrosive system we are trapped within, as well as how we can take the first steps towards a world that might afford us both prosperity and dignity.

The Education Trap

Author : Cristina Viviana Groeger
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Introduction: Education and social inequality -- Nineteenth-century networks -- Uplifting the "unskilled" -- Craft power in the industrial workplace -- Becoming pink collar -- Professional ladders -- Placement in corporate America -- Conclusion: Education, inequality, and worker power.

The Testing Trap

Author : Andrew J. Strenio
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Provides critical information on the nature and accuracy of compulsory standardized tests and on their limiting impact on the lives of individual Americans and offers advice on countering their adverse consequences

Inequality and the Labyrinths of Democracy

Author : Göran Therborn
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A global panorama of the historical development and contemporary malaise of liberal democracy, from a renowned social theorist. Barely a century has passed since liberal democracy became established in the majority of advanced capitalist economies. Elsewhere, it is of even more recent vintage. Classical liberalism held universal suffrage a mortal threat to property. So why did it nevertheless come to pass, and how stable today is the marriage between representative government and the continued rule of capital? People on all continents consider inequality a "very big problem". The Davos Economic Forum and the OECD say they are worried. But capitalist democracies don't respond. How has democracy been transformed from a popular demand for social justice to a professional power game? These questions are raised, and answered, in Inequality and the Labyrinths of Democracy. Together with an essay on the current situation, it includes a compact global history of 'The Right to Vote and the Four World Routes to/through Modernity' and two landmark essays from New Left Review, 'The Rule of Capital and the Rise of Democracy' and 'The Travail of Latin American Democracy', collected here in book form for the first time.

Women s Studies Newsletter

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The Hillary Trap

Author : Laura Ingraham
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A look at the status of women in modern society examines the life and career of Hillary Clinton while exploring areas in which women risk abandoning the power they once had


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The Writings of Steve Cook

Author : Steve Cook
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Education in Japan

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I Q in the Meritocracy

Author : Richard J. Herrnstein
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"An Atlantic Monthly Press book." Bibliography: p. [225]-230.

Education Globalization and Social Change

Author : Hugh Lauder
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Education is seen as central to economic competitiveness, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and environmental sustainability. The editors have selected key writings that examine the social and economic limits- and possibilities of-education in addressing these fundamental problems. Thisnew reader establishes the field of sociology of education with a particular focus on papers that analyse the nature and extent of globalization in education. A general introduction presents the key concepts in the sociology of education, and outlines the major theories and debates, especially inrelation to globalization. Each section is accompanied by a part opener explaining and contextualizing the readings within a larger educational and sociological context.

The Australian Educational Review

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Where Junior Secondary Schools are Heading

Author : Cherry Wedgwood Collins
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Hypocrisy Trap

Author : Catherine Weaver
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This text explores how the characteristics of change in a complex organization make hypocrisy difficult to resolve, especially after its exposure becomes a critical threat to the organization's legitimacy and survival.

Poverty Reduction in a Political Trap

Author : Walter Eberlei
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Kirp Yudof s Educational Policy and the Law

Author : David L. Kirp
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CIDOC Documenta Alternatives in Education

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Psychological Testing and American Society 1890 1930

Author : American Association for the Advancement of Science. National Meeting
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The volume focuses on the programs, ideas, and practices of the early twentieth century's most influential testers.


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Social and Political Inquiry

Author : John D. May
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