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The Meritocracy Myth

Sociation Today. 2004;2(1)


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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.


Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks


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.