The Class Ceiling

Why it Pays to be Privileged

Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison

The Class Ceiling

Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9781447336068 Will Publish March 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Politicians continually tell us that anyone can get ahead. But is that really true? This important book takes readers behind the closed doors of elite employers to reveal how class affects who gets to the top. Friedman and Laurison show that a powerful ‘class pay gap’ exists in Britain’s elite occupations. Even when those from working-class backgrounds make it into prestigious jobs, they earn, on average, 16% less than colleagues from privileged backgrounds. But why is this the case? . Drawing on 175 interviews across four case studies - television, accountancy, architecture, and acting – they explore the complex barriers facing the upwardly mobile. This is a rich, ambitious book that demands we take seriously not just the glass but also the class ceiling.
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