People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain (Hardback)Hashi Mohamed (author)
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Exploding the myths of social equality and racial tolerance, barrister Hashi Mohamed delivers some highly personal yet rigorously researched testimony about how to succeed – or not – in today’s Britain. Enlightening and alarming in equal measure, People Like Us takes a hammer to the myths of social mobility with eloquence and passion.
MP What does it take to make it in modern Britain? Ask a politician, and they'll tell you it's hard work. Ask a millionaire, and they'll tell you it's talent. Ask a CEO and they'll tell you it's dedication. But what if none of those things is enough?
Raised on benefits and having attended some of the lowest-performing schools in the country, barrister Hashi Mohamed knows something about social mobility. In People Like Us, he shares what he has learned: from the stark statistics that reveal the depth of the problem to the failures of imagination, education and confidence that compound it.
We live in a society where the single greatest indicator of what your job will be is the job of your parents. Where power and privilege are concentrated among the 7 per cent of the population who were privately educated. Where, if your name sounds black or Asian, you'll need to send out twice as many job applications as your white neighbour.
Wherever you are on the social spectrum, this is an essential investigation into our society's most intractable problem. We have more power than we realise to change things for the better.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm
'A vital work of courage and hope, by a truly remarkable individual.' - Philippe Sands
'Hashi Mohamed powerfully exposes the alienating and segregating effect of social immobility in this country. Beautifully written, People Like Us makes a deeply personal case for a world in which anybody can reach success, but doesn't have to leave a part of themselves behind to achieve it.' - David Lammy
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