How inequality runs in families : unfair advantage and the limits of social mobility / Gideon Calder.Series: Policy Press shorts: Publisher: Bristol Policy Press, 2016Description: xi, 132 pages ; 20 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781447331537 (pbk.)Subject(s): Social mobility | Social justice | OpportunityDDC classification: 305.5 CAL
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: One.Introduction -- `Of course we do' -- Outline of the book -- Two.The family and social justice -- Families and individual rights -- Privacy and autonomy -- Gender roles -- Justice and care -- Children themselves -- Parental partiality -- Conclusion; the family in public -- Three.Social mobility and class fate -- Mobility stories -- The shape of class fate -- Is class fate education's fault? -- Is class fate parents' fault? -- Or is it just the money, stupid? -- Conclusion: mobility vs equality -- Four.Unpacking equality of opportunity -- Equality of opportunity's ready appeal -- Intergenerational inequality of opportunity -- Does `equality of opportunity' actually mean two different things? -- Two senses of meritocracy (and the trouble with both) -- Conclusion; equality vs mobility, again -- Five.Towards real equality of life chances? -- Talking life chances without talking redistribution, or the family --
Contents note continued: Unsharpening elbows: factoring the family back in -- Conclusion: three modest suggestions -- Six.Seven conclusions.
Most people agree that every child deserves an equal chance to flourish. Most also value family life. Yet the family plays a surprisingly crucial part in maintaining inequality from one generation to the next. The children of disadvantaged parents typically achieve less and die younger. Early in their school careers, even the most able among them fall behind their better-off peers. They are then 8 times less likely to attend a top university. In the UK, as in other rich countries, the ‘playing-field’ is anything but level. This book explores how seemingly mundane aspects of family life – from the right to inherit income, to the reading of bedtime stories – raise fundamental questions of social justice. Taking fairness seriously, it argues, means rethinking what equality of opportunity means.