- Title Pages
- The Authors
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Social Justice
- 3 Social Class
- 4 Class Mobility
- 5 Education: Patterns
- 6 Education: Trends
- 7 Meritocracy
- 8 Social Justice Revisited
- 9 Conclusion
- Appendix A: Technical Details of Data-Sets
- Appendix B: Guide to Statistical Techniques
- Appendix C: Constructing Goldthorpe Classes
- Appendix D: Coding Educational Attainment
- Appendix E: Social Justice and Non-vertical Social Mobility
- Appendix F: The Ideology of Meritocratic Socialism
- Appendix G: The Class and Gender Debate
- Appendix H: The Featherman-Jones-Hauser Hypothesis
- Appendix I: Status Attainment and Meritocracy
- Appendix J: Popular Beliefs about Meritocracy
- (p.133) 7 Meritocracy
- Against the Odds?
- Oxford University Press
This chapter examines three aspects of meritocracy with respect to inequality and social justice. It finds that the direct effect of origins on class destinations has declined over the past twenty years and that class inequalities in educational attainment have widened over the same period. The findings also reveal that the association between class destinations and educational achievement has remained more or less constant over time. The chapter acknowledges that there are conceptions of merit that are not adequately indicated by measures of education.
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