Analyzing Inequality: Life Chances and Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective

Analyzing Inequality: Life Chances and Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective

Analyzing Inequality: Life Chances and Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective

Analyzing Inequality: Life Chances and Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective

Synopsis

Analyzing Inequality summarizes key issues in today's theoretically guided empirical research on social inequality, life course, and cross-national comparative sociology. It describes the progress made in terms of data sources, both cross-sectional and longitudinal; the new instruments that make inequality research possible; new ways of thinking and explaining; and empirical findings or important contributions of rigorous empirical research to our understanding.

The chapters, each written by a distinguished social scientist, are of interest to both scholars and students. This is the only book to date to take stock of the state of the art in stratification research, examining data, methods, theory, and new empirical findings. Analyzing Inequality offers an unusually and impressively broad coverage of substantive topics in the field.

Excerpt

The chapters in this volume developed from papers presented at a sympo-sium to honor Robert Erikson, on his retirement as Secretary General for theSwedish Council for Working Life and Social Research. the symposium washeld at Sigtunahöjden, outside Stockholm, November 24–25, 2003. Thecontributors to the volume would like to extend their collective thanks to thecouncil, and in particular its administrative director Erland Bergman, forhosting the conference.

We also want to thank the commentators on the papers who contributedto making the symposium a true intellectual feast and to improving the qual-ity of the volume. in order of appearance: Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, WalterKorpi, Johan Fritzell, Inga Persson, Janne Jonsson, Denny Vågerö, ElianneRiska, Ulla Björnberg, Eva Bernhardt, Rune +berg, and Anders Björklund.A special thanks is due to Richard Breen for presenting John Goldthorpe'spaper in place of the author.

While standing on their own feet, the papers brought together in thisvolume also reflect the substantive research fields of Robert Erikson's distin-guished career, through their focus on social mobility and life chances incomparative perspective. We can only hope they also reflect Robert's intel-lectual style in summarizing results from theoretically guided rigorous em-pirical research in an accessible and yet nontrivial form. the authors of thechapters included here have all, in one way or another, enjoyed the good for-tune of having worked with Robert, and the dedication of this volume to himis but a small repayment of the intellectual debt we owe.

Stefan Svallfors, Umeå, September 2004 . . .

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