The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged

The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged

by Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison

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Politicians continually tell us that anyone can get ahead. But is that really true? This important book takes readers behind the closed doors of elite employers to reveal how class affects who gets to the top. Friedman and Laurison show that a powerful ‘class pay gap’ exists in Britain’s elite occupations. Even when those from working-class backgrounds make it into prestigious jobs, they earn, on average, 16% less than colleagues from privileged backgrounds. But why is this the case? . Drawing on 200 interviews across four case studies - television, accountancy, architecture, and acting – they explore the complex barriers facing the upwardly mobile. This is a rich, ambitious book that demands we take seriously not just the glass but also the class ceiling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447336082
Publisher: Policy Press
Publication date: 01/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 435,922
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Sam Friedman is Associate Professor in Sociology, London School of Economics. He has published widely on social class, social mobility and elites. He is the author of Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour (Routledge 2014) and the co-author of Social Class in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2015). He tweets as @SamFriedmanSoc Daniel Laurison is Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College, USA. Previously he was at the London School of Economics&Political Science. He tweets as @Daniel_Laurison

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables vii

Acknowledgements ix

Note on language usage xiii

Introduction 1

1 Getting in 29

2 Getting on 45

3 Untangling the class pay gap 57

4 Inside elite firms 71

5 The Bank of Mum and Dad 87

6 A helping hand 109

7 Fitting in 123

8 View from the top 145

9 Self-elimination 171

10 Class ceilings: A new approach to social mobility 185

11 Conclusion 209

Epilogue: 10 ways to break the class ceiling With Nik Miller, Chief Executive, The Bridge Croup 229

Methodological appendix 239

Notes 285

References 321

Index 359

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