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Against Meritocracy

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ISBN: 9781138889552 9781315712802 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102668
Subject: Media and communication
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In this book Jo Littler argues that meritocracy is the key cultural means of legitimation for contemporary neoliberal culture – and that whilst it promises opportunity, it in fact creates new forms of social division. Against Meritocracy is split into two parts. Part I explores the genealogies of meritocracy within social theory, political discourse and working cultures. It traces the dramatic U-turn in meritocracy’s meaning, from socialist slur to a contemporary ideal of how a society should be organised. Part II uses a series of case studies to analyse the cultural pull of popular ‘parables of progress’, from reality TV to the super-rich and celebrity CEOs, from social media controversies to the rise of the ‘mumpreneur’. Paying special attention to the role of gender, ‘race’ and class, this book provides new conceptualisations of the meaning of meritocracy in contemporary culture and society.

Böhmische Juden auf Wanderschaft über Prag nach Wien

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ISBN: 9783205209775 Year: Pages: 302 Seiten Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 654
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The volume presents a Jewish family history written by Charlotte Weisl in 1931/32, dating back to the 17th century. The journey begins in small Bohemian rural communities and district towns and finally leads via Prague to Vienna, where the meeting with Zionism personified by Theodor Herzl begins a new phase. The First World War and the already emerging entry into the "age of Hitler" are the further drastic political events.

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