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A Class Act: The Myth of Britain's Classless Society [Hardcover]

Andrew Adonis , Stephen Pollard
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2 Oct 1997
This text aims to explode the myth that Britain is becoming a classless society as the authors systematically examine the pillars of the class structure. Education, the monarchy, the armed forces, health, politics, housing and race all come under scrutiny.

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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: 21.8 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,992 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.

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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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