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The class ceiling: why it pays to be privileged

Friedman, Sam and Laurison, Daniel (2019) The class ceiling: why it pays to be privileged. Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781447336068

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The glass ceiling that women and minorities struggle to break through in their careers is widely acknowledged. Yet a barrier that is just as strong, but little known, faces people from disadvantaged class backgrounds. In The Class Ceiling, Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison reveal the pervasiveness of that barrier in elite occupations. Drawing on analysis of jobs and workers in the UK, United States, France, Australia and Norway, they show that the higher ranks of prestigious occupations are drawn almost wholly from the upper classes—and that even when people from working-class backgrounds manage to break through into those jobs, they earn ten to fifteen percent less than their peers. A damning indictment of corporate culture, The Class Ceiling shows starkly the limits of social mobility in contemporary capitalism.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2018 Policy Press
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 09:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:10

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