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The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged
In this talk, Sam Friedman, Associate Professor in Sociology from London School of Economics (LSE) will demonstrate that a powerful and previously unrecognised 'class pay gap' exists in Britain’s higher professional and managerial occupations, including academia.

The hidden barriers, or 'glass ceilings' preventing women and minority ethnic groups from getting to the top are well documented. Yet questions of social class – and specifically class origin – have been curiously absent from debates about diversity and inclusion, particularly among the UK HE workforce.

He will ask why this pay gap exists, drawing on data from his own research in this area, demonstrating that the class ceiling can only be partially attributed to conventional measures of 'merit'. Instead, more powerful drivers are rooted in the misrecognition of classed self-presentation as 'talent', work cultures historically shaped by the privileged, the affordances of the 'Bank of Mum and Dad', and sponsored mobility premised on class-cultural homophily.

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Jul 8, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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