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Zadie Smith on social mobility

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 June 2013

On Start the Week Stephanie Flanders discusses social mobility. Zadie Smith's novel NW is a portrait of modern urban life in which characters try, but mostly fail, to escape their past. The Conservative Minister David Willetts and the columnist Owen Jones discuss what meritocracy and opportunity mean in today's society. And the social historian David Kynaston looks to the end of the 1950s when meritocracy became the buzz word of the day.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith is an author.


    NW is out in paperback, published by Penguin.

  • David Kynaston

    David Kynaston is a historian.


    Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-59 is published by Bloomsbury.

  • David Willetts

    David Willetts is the Member of Parliament for Havant and Minister for Universities and Science.


    Rt Hon David Willetts MP

  • Owen Jones

    Owen Jones is a columnist for The Independent.


    Owen Jones


Stephanie Flanders
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Zadie Smith
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David Willetts
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David Kynaston
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Owen Jones
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