Anselma Gallinat, Lisa Garforth and Geoff Payne 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy, which [...]Read more
VIEWPOINT: The Rise of the Meritocracy: on speculation and sociology
Lisa Garforth Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy is now mainly remembered for popularizing the idea it critiques. The book’s [...]Read more
On The Frontline: Everyday Privilege: Some Reflections on Meritocracy in Higher Education
Ruth Graham Thinking about how the concept of meritocracy relates to contemporary times gave me an opportunity to reflect on what [...]Read more
Policy and Politics: Coping with communicative plenty
Selen A. Ercan, Carolyn M. Hendriks, John S. Dryzek This section of Discover Society is provided in collaboration with the journal, Policy [...]Read more
The Birth of Meritocracy: Michael Young, The Rise of the Meritocracy and Post-War British Politics
David Civil During the summer of 1957 the British sociologist Michael Young was holidaying on a beach in North Wales. He [...]Read more
The ‘Gift’ of Meritocracy: The Rise (and Fall?) of the Academies Programme.
Kirsty Morrin It is now often forgotten that Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy deployed ‘meritocracy’ as a pejorative term. [...]Read more
Meritocratic Rhetorics: Merit, Performance and Hard Work
Anselma Gallinat At the conference ‘Merit or Meritocracy?’, which preceded this special issue, David Civil asked us what we would be [...]Read more
Meritocracy, pragmatism and possibilities: a working class female experience of university.
Sam Shields There are differential patterns of access to higher education for men and women. More women than men are mature [...]Read more
The Merit in Mobility
Geoff Payne Although ‘social mobility analysis’ is an established field of academic research, while ‘meritocracy studies’ is not, meritocracy and social [...]Read more
Britain’s Elites: New Lions, Old Foxes.
Daniel Smith In The Rise of the Meritocracy, 1870-2033, Young warned of a new aristocracy where individuals could rest assured that [...]Read more