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Against the Odds?: Social Class and Social Justice in Industrial Societies

Gordon Marshall, Adam Swift, and Stephen Roberts


What is the relation between social class and social justice? This is currently a matter of public as well as academic controversy. While nobody would deny that the distribution of rewards in industrial societies is unequal, there is sharp disagreement about whether this inequality can be justified. Some see existing patterns of social mobility as evidence of inequality of opportunity. Others regard them as meritocratic, simply reflecting the distribution of abilities among the population. This book brings together recent developments in normative thinking about social justice with recent empi ... More

Keywords: social class, social justice, distribution, inequality, social mobility, opportunity, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198292401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon Marshall, author
Nuffield College, Oxford

Adam Swift, author
Balliol College, Oxford

Stephen Roberts, author
Cardiff University