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Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Blair-Loy, TA Brynna Johnson SOCI 1 A08 13 October 2010 Wealth and Meritocracy In “The American Dream of Meritocracy,” Heather Beth Johnson argues that the American Dream functions as a meritocracy, where those with a strong work ethic and determination to succeed will seek available opportunities to grow and achieve their goals (Johnson 73). On the other hand, in the article “Building a Better America,” Michael Norton and Dan Ariely observe that the majority of Americans “desire a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo” (Norton, Ariely 2). Both are related in that they focus on wealth and how it is distributed. Johnson demonstrates that wealth is merit-based, or in other words, earned. She expands on Norton and Ariely’s work by acknowledging that wealth is not distributed equally because it is based on merit and not everybody has the same capacity. This capacity is strongly shaped by various factors including economic, social, and cultural capitals.
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