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The Class Ceiling : Why it Pays to be Privileged, Paperback / softback Book


Politicians continually tell us that anyone can get ahead.

But is that really true? This important, best-selling 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 384 pages, No
  • Publisher: Policy Press
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  • Category: Sociology: work & labour
  • ISBN: 9781447336105