Presenter: Nastaran Tavakoli-Far, Producer: Ivana Davidovic, Editor: Richard Knight / Feb. 18, 2019 / The Why Factor, BBC
The concept that you can get ahead on your work and talents, also called meritocracy, is something we mostly agree is good. We also equate it with a fairer society, one where the social order is not determined by birth but one which gives us some sort of agency over our futures.
However, the term itself was coined as a warning. So why do we believe in it so strongly? The sociologist Michael Young first used the term to describe a dystopia where believing in meritocracy would legitimize inequality.
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