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Against the Odds?Social Class and Social Justice in Industrial Societies$
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Gordon Marshall, Adam Swift, and Stephen Roberts

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292401.001.0001

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(p.188) 9 Conclusion
Against the Odds?

Gordon Marshall

Adam Swift

Stephen Roberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the possible contributions of this book in answering various questions related to the issues of meritocracy, social class, social justice, and education. It has clarified the role of education in the intergenerational transmission of class advantage, the relation between social class and social justice, and the interrelations between these political-theoretical and sociological issues. Despite the limitations of the study, the results may provide the kind of foundations on which other researchers might build, whether by engagement with normative issues that underpin judgments about social justice or by the collection of relevant empirical evidence.

Keywords:   meritocracy, social class, social justice, education, class advantage

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