Social Mobility in Industrial Society

Social Mobility in Industrial Society

Social Mobility in Industrial Society

Social Mobility in Industrial Society

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Research in sociology has been criticized for its lack of continuity: the problems and areas selected for investigation by scholars fail to build upon the work of the past, and attempts to form a unified, cumulative body of empirical evidence do not, as a rule, succeed. The study of social stratification and especially the recent interest in social mobility is perhaps an exception: a growing number of social scientists in many countries have conducted empirical studies in this area in the postwar decade, many of which seek to replicate previous research in their own or other countries. The great international interest in mobility research reflects not only its theoretical significance, but also its saliency as a practical political question. The International Sociological Association has played a major role in stimulating and coördinating such research.

The present volume has two distinct though, it is hoped, related purposes. The first is to bring together and analyze comparative international research on social mobility, and thus help to work toward continuity and cumulation in this area of theoretical and practical interest. The second is to present and analyze data from an empirical study of mobility in Oakland, California.

This book also represents a growing tendency in contemporary social science research: the study of specific problems through analysis of existing data which were originally collected for other purposes. Currently, academic scholars, government agencies, and . . .

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