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The New Social Mobility: How the Politicians Got it Wrong

Geoff Payne


Despite Britain in fact being a highly, if unevenly, mobile society, politicians, think-tanks and the media continue to call for ‘more social mobility’, moving it up the political agenda. Their speeches and official documents show they have misrepresented and misunderstood mobility, particularly how gender and the labour market shape outcomes, failings shared with much academic research. Placing social mobility in a context of political and sociological ideas, this book develops a fresh approach to mobility recognising the importance of downward mobility (ignored by politicians), acknowledging ... More

Keywords: social mobility, political agenda, gender, labour markets, meritocracy, legitimation, methods of analysis, cultural capital, mobility experience, equality of opportunity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447310662
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310662.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff Payne, author
Newcastle University