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The success paradoxWhy we need a holistic theory of social mobility$
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Graeme Atherton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316336

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316336.001.0001

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Social mobility: rising, falling or staying the same

Social mobility: rising, falling or staying the same

(p.29) Two Social mobility: rising, falling or staying the same
The success paradox

Graeme Atherton

Policy Press

This chapter analyses in detail how social mobility has been defined and then researched by sociologists and economists since the mid part of the 20th century. It shows how the strong association between social mobility and economic progress was only one route that could have been taken in understanding social mobility and it was one shaped to a great extent by the work of sociologists operating in a broad Marxist tradition. The chapter goes onto explore the disagreements between sociologists and economists in recent years regarding the extent of social mobility in the UK. It concludes by arguing that there is a lack of consensus where the extent of social mobility is concerned in the UK and depending on who you believe it may be going up, remaining static or going down.

Keywords:   socialmobility, sociologists, economists, Marxist

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