How Inequality Runs in Families

Unfair Advantage and the Limits of Social Mobility

Gideon Calder

How Inequality Runs in Families

Gideon Calder

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

128 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447331537 Published December 2016 For sale in North and South America only
While we like to think that our society gives everyone a fair chance to succeed—and, crucially, move up the social ladder—in reality, children are to an astonishing degree bound by their parents and the class into which they are born. The children of disadvantaged parents typically achieve less financially and die younger than their peers who are born into better-off families. This book reveals how seemingly ordinary aspects of family life, as small as reading bedtime stories and as consequential as inherited income, come together to alter children's life chances—and raise fundamental questions about social justice and opportunity.
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