Appeared in: Volume 8, Number 2
Published on: October 11, 2012
The Far Side of Meritocracy

Michael Young's coinage of the term "meritocracy" is turning fifty years old. Young's satirical warnings of its downside remain as fresh as ever.

Jonathan B. Imber is Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and editor-in-chief of Society.

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