7: Capital and Control

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The previous chapter expanded the discussion to consider the failures of the diversity agenda as they apply not only to social class, but also to ethnicity and sex. Chapter 7 narrows the focus a little more to consider the role of organizational social mobility programmes in opening access to the City’s elite firms. These programmes aim to support young working class people with appropriate qualifications by providing them with training, mentoring and internships, to provide them with crucial information and advice, build their networks, and persuade them that they ‘fit’. Chapter 7 explores the experience of young people engaged in these programmes and argues that while these programmes are often positioned by firms as benevolent means to level the playing field to help working class young people get middle class jobs, they can also be seen as representative of unequal power and as more problematic forms of corporate control.

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