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Against the Odds?

Social Class and Social Justice in Industrial Societies

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Against the Odds? by Gordon Marshall
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What is the relation between social class and social justice? This is currently a matter of public as well as academic controversy. While nobody would deny that the distribution of rewards in industrial societies is unequal, there is sharp disagreement about whether this inequality can be justified. Some see existing patterns of social mobility as evidence of inequality of opportunity. Others regard them as meritocratic, simply reflecting the distribution of abilities among the population. This fascinating, interdisciplinary study brings together recent developments in normative thinking about social justice with new empirical findings about educational attainment and social mobility. The result is a path-breaking contribution to our thinking about issues of class and justice, one that will be of interest to both sociologists and political theorists for many years to come.

Author Biography

Stephen Roberts was formerly Research Officer at Nuffield College, Oxford
Release date NZ
September 1st, 1997
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
line figures, tables
Clarendon Press
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