Similar Differences Podcast

Myth of Meritocracy

August 28, 2020 Angelica & Inez Season 1 Episode 2
Similar Differences Podcast
Myth of Meritocracy
Show Notes

In our second episode of Similar Differences, we are discussing the Myth of Meritocracy.

Can everyone really get to where they want by working hard? Is this a level playing field?

The answer is no. We need to build more equitable systems because marginalised groups deserve that, they need more justice paid to them. Not just exceptions to this rule.

But it doesn't benefit the privileged either! Hyper competitiveness is inherent in neoliberalism, capitalism, and meritocracy. It leaves no room for error.

We discuss personal anecdotes of perfect attendance, standardised tests, education, resumes, disability and so much more!

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Studies mentioned:
Sandell, K., & Bornäs, H. (2017). Functioning Numbness Instead of Feelings as a Direction: Young Adults’ Experiences of Antidepressant Use. Sociology, 51(3), 543-558.

Mullainathan, S. & Bertrand, M. (2004). Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal: A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination. The American Economic Review, 94(4), 991-1013.

Book: 
Daniel Markovits - The Meritocracy Trap

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