The Meritocracy Myth
Sociation Today. 2004;2(1)
Journal Title: Sociation Today
ISSN: 1542-6300 (Online)
Publisher: North Carolina Sociological Association
LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Sociology (General)
Country of publisher: United States
Language of fulltext: English
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Stephen J. McNamee
Robert K. Miller, Jr.
Abstract | Full Text
According to the ideology of the American Dream, America is a land of limitless opportunity in which individuals can go as far as their own merit takes them. But there is a very large gap between how people think the system works and how the system actually does work. Both income and wealth are highly skewed. Poverty is not randomly distributed either. The bottom of half of the population controls only 2.8% of net worth.