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The New Social MobilityHow the Politicians Got it Wrong$
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Geoff Payne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310662

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310662.001.0001

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The new mobility regime

The new mobility regime

(p.127) Nine The new mobility regime
The New Social Mobility

Geoff Payne

Policy Press

Data from the most recent survey are used to explore occupational class (NS-SeC) distributions, and intergenerational absolute and relative mobility flows between seven origins and seven destinations. While acknowledging the challenges in conceptualising and operationalising women’s social class, this evidence suggests broad similarities but clear, specific differences between male and female mobility. Mobility rates continue to be high overall, but with limited access to Class 1 (professionals and managers), in particular for women; limited escape from Class 7 (routine operatives); and a distinctive pattern for Class 4 (self-employed). The gender variations, arising from the gendered labour market, are related to gender differences in occupational transition. Evaluation of trends has to cautious, but no evidence of a reduction in mobility rates is found, and downward mobility seems to be increasing.

Keywords:   NS SeC, intergenerational absolute mobility, intergenerational relative mobility, women’s social class, labour market, mobility trends

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