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Challenging the conventional notion of meritocracy

To tackle inequality, a more nuanced narrative of meritocracy may be needed.

Meritocracy risks legitimising the produced inequality. Those who are at the top are accepted as having got there on their own efforts, and therefore deserve all the associated rewards. Those at the bottom, meanwhile, belong there.

A RECENT article by BT journalist Marissa Lee highlighted the growing anxiety about inequality. It cited a poll by Blackbox Research, which found that seven in 10 Singaporeans believe income inequality has worsened in the last five years.

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