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re: I hadn't heard of the concept of post-meritocracy until recently. Where should I read to get a good explanation of what it means and how it is bein...

I wasn't sure what "post-meritocracy" is so I googled it and came across this - - which in its manifest contains this sentence that is more or less the point:

But meritocracy has consistently shown itself to mainly benefit those with privilege, to the exclusion of underrepresented people in technology. The idea of merit is in fact never clearly defined; rather, it seems to be a form of recognition, an acknowledgement that “this person is valuable insofar as they are like me.”

their resource page contains a few articles with criticism:

and don't think it's an issue limited to tech companies: Academia is not a meritocracy

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