People Like Us: What It Takes To Make It In Modern Britain [Book Review]

In the UK there’s a word that gets ignored a lot when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion

That word is Class.  Even the legislation pretends it’s not an issue

This week, we’re reviewing a book that believes it is an issue

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re reviewing People like us: What it takes to make it in modern Britain  by Hashi Mohammed

This is a book about class and social mobility; two closely related concepts that are talked and also not talked about in the UK

This is the tenth book that we’ve discussed in our Book Club.  This is our final Book Club of 2020;

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • Two types of Social Mobility you need to understand
  • The relationship between Social Mobility and Social Capital
  • The Models of Social Mobility that you didn’t realise you knew and much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show

Social Mobility is difficult but possible

“A premise of the book is that the author is stating his experiences to inform and inspire others. It’s intended as a case study to say it’s not easy but it’s possible”

Social Mobility takes Social Capital and Cultural Capital

“It could be argued that social mobility is a journey of acquiring social capital and cultural capital; this book is how and why you should accumulate social capital and cultural capital to become socially mobile”

Social Mobility takes Confidence and Competence

“Enjoyable, entertaining and also frustrating ; it describes confidence as a quality that can be learned and developed but also it’s not always justified”


Letter from Dame Martina Milburn to the Prime Minister

Alan Milburn on quitting social mobility commission

People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern

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