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A Class Act: The Myth of Britain's Classless Society Hardcover – 2 Oct 1997


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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd (2 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241137209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241137208
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Encompassing everything from Bourdieu's concept of cultural distinction to the super-elite's hijacking of lottery funding - Adonis' book systematically breaks down the myth of Britain as a meritocratic society. It references gaps in education that dramatically decreases the life chances of the working classes, to the elitist procurement and monopoly of the top jobs which keeps the glass ceiling double glazed.

Highly recommended.
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By Mr. Stephen Edwards VINE VOICE on 2 May 2014
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A cold and calculated assessment of an emotive topic, this book was written before Andrew Adonis became a politician, publicly. at least. It is semi-academic in tone, but very readable.
It could be depressing, but it could could also be a call to arms. Anyone who wants to argue that Britain is a classless or fair society should be directed here, whereupon they will be confronted with some uncomfortable facts
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 1999
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This book reveals divisions of class as deeply entrenched now in British Society as it has been since the Second World War. Widening of existing class divisions with new class structures added on - the Underclass and the Super Class. The Establishment, education, health, housing, politics and culture all come under attack. Its a readable book and a good point of reference for those interested in Britain's Social History in the mid 1990's.
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