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The success paradox: Why we need a holistic theory of social mobility

Graeme Atherton


Social mobility needs a re-boot. The narrow, economistic way of measuring it favoured by politicians and academics is unsustainable and is contributing to rising inequality. This timely book provides an alternative, original vision of social mobility and a route-map to achieving it. It examines how the term ‘social mobility’ structures what success means and the impact that has on society. Providing a new holistic approach that encompasses education, the economy and politics, Atherton recasts the relationship with employers, embracing radical opportunities provided by technology and rethinking ... More

Keywords: social mobility, rising inequality, holistic approach, policymakers, academics, education, economy, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447316336
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graeme Atherton, author
World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education