Diane Reay

The system should fit the individual – not vice versa

An end to neoliberalism’s deceit and moral cowardice is what will transform working-class prospects, not a cheap focus on social mobility, argues Diane Reay

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If social mobility is the answer, we are asking the wrong questions. Social mobility has always been about moving up a small number of working-class high achievers. It is “merely converting into doctors, barristers and professors a certain number of people who would otherwise have been manual workers”, as RH Tawney argued in the early 20th century.

He also made the case that social wellbeing depended upon cohesion and solidarity. “It implies the existence not merely of opportunities to ascend, but of a high level of general culture, a strong sense of common interests and a diffusion throughout ...

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