Social Structure and Mobility in Economic Development

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MEASURES AND EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MOBILITY

HAROLD L. WILENSKY, University of California, Berkeley

SOCIAL SCIENTISTS undertaking comparative, macro-sociological analysis of "whole societies," of an institutional sphere (the economy), or even of selected aspects of stratification take on a heavy burden. Weaknesses of data and problems of method loom so large that the web of theory they spin is seldom entangled in any intimate way with systematic, reliable evidence. Nowhere is this more true than in the comparative analysis of the incidence, sources, and effects of social mobility, as the contributions to this book make abundantly clear. This chapter adds emphasis to the several notes of caution running through the book, especially in the chapters by Duncan, RamsΦy, Moore, and Sjoberg; suggests some directions for research implied by the methodological troubles; and reports the results of factor analyses of 20 measures of "Objective Mobility and Economic Deprivation" and 26 measures of "Mobility Orientation" carried out to assure the coherence, economy, and independence of mobility measures in a larger study of "Work, Careers, and Leisure Style."1 I shall give special attention to problems of concept and method in tackling the social and psychological effects of mobility. I shall concentrate on two issues that concern students of modernization -- how to specify the content of various social discontinuities presumably involved, and how economic, political, and organizational contexts shape responses to these discontinuities. Although a detailed treatment of sev

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A program of research on sources of social integration made possible by the generous support of the National Institute of Mental Health (M-2209, 1958-63), the University of Michigan, the University of California, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. The aim of the larger study is to discover those aspects of work and leisure that bind individuals and groups to community and society and those that foster alienation and estrangement. This paper is based on a forthcoming book. I am grateful to John C. Scott and Michael T. Aiken for research assistance.

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