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Merit, Competition, Distinction

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Heidi Elmgren

University of Jyväskylä, FI
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The article presents a critique of competition by introducing a concept called distinction. Competition is thought to work as a guarantee of the fairness of meritocratic procedures (merit-based recruiting in the job market or e.g. entrance examinations). However, fairness created by competition is, even at its best, only relative. This critique is then used a part of a larger critique of the role of merit in society.

How to Cite: Elmgren, Heidi. 2018. “Merit, Competition, Distinction”. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 21 (1): 71–89. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7227/R.21.1.5
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Published on 01 May 2018.
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