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The class ceiling: Why it pays to be privileged

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Politicians continually tell us that anyone can get ahead. But is that really true? This important book takes readers behind the closed doors of elite employers to reveal how class affects who gets to the top. Friedman and Laurison show that a powerful ‘class pay gap’ exists in Britain’s elite occupations. Even when those from working-class backgrounds make it into prestig ...more
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Published January 1st 2019 by Policy Press
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Terry Clague
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important work on the sociology of elite recruitment which seeks to capture the "long shadow of class origin". Along the way, the authors are insightful in so many ways, a bullet list of highlights is unavoidable:

- the role of "meritocracy" (see Francis Wheen on the satirical foundations of that term) in providing a sense of legitimacy for the status quo and which provides a "looking-glass version of merit rooted in class-cultural similarity"
- empty egalitarian gesture
Jackie Jacobsen-Côté
I am now full of rage. Not that I didn't know these things before, but having numbers collaborate my lived experience has done my head in.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was looking for some new results in this new book and found few if any. The authors explore the factors limiting efforts to join and prosper in elite British professional firms and some elite professions such as acting. Economic/social class, elite education (Oxford and Cambridge), access to critical social networks, ethnicity and gender, and other factors all helpto explain the continuing homogeneity and limited access to these professions. Access is better than it was and there appears to be ...more
Vahid عسکرپور Askarpour وحید
این تحلیل جامعهشناختی دقیق نشانمان میدهد که خلاف تصوّر غالب در سیستمهای کاپیتالیستی، لزوماً هر کسی به طور برابر فرصت رسیدن به رتبههای اجتماعی بالاتر را ندارد که حاصل همت و تلاش خودش باشد. نامهای خانوادگی و تاریخ تبارشناختی حتی در سیتیِ لندن سال ۲۰۱۸ نیز حرف اول را میزند (همانطور که احتمالاً نزد جد مشترک ما با هومینینهای دیگر چنین بود!) کتاب ساختارمندی است و برای دوری از توهمات، بهخصوص حالا که در میانههای عمر خود به سر میبرم کمک زیادی به آدم میکند. گاهی بخصوص حول و حوش همین سن و سالی که حالا دارم ...more
The Class Ceiling by Sam Friedman is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early March.

Reaching the 'class ceiling' with the use of handy, readily available, fortuitous network connections, making several calculated decisions, looking and speaking the part, and fulfilling a role within a higher class. Friedman covers the illusion of class equality after generations of inherited income and intercultural/familial prosperity, the exchange and hoarding of social capital, assuredness in taking ris
Good book. I've noticed that at many organizations, the further up you go, the more likely it becomes who you know more so than what you know. I have very rarely seen anyone advance within companies as much as friends and family are brought in to secure jobs at the top of the organizational pyramid. I guess we all pick our friends and coworkers when he get to the nose bleed section of the corporate world. Those of us at the bottom get what we get....pathetic world. Schmoozers win, or dad's money ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, human centred, quantitative and qualitative investigation into the impact of socio-economic background d on progress in careers in a variety of ‘elite’ professions.

Also beautifully written and approachable - hoorah!
Daniel Hickmore
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well researched and presented

Detailed, thorough and transparent. It is cogent and presents a clear case based on a strong thesis. Regrettably my experience aligns with the findings.

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