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Pathways to Social Class: A Qualitative Approach to Social Mobility
     

Pathways to Social Class: A Qualitative Approach to Social Mobility

by Paul B. Thompson, Daniel Bertaux, Thompson Bertaux
 

Calling for a broader, new approach to social mobility research,Pathways to Social Class: A Qualitative Approach to Social Mobility moves beyond pure statistics to use qualitative techniques--such as life stories and family case studies--to examine more closely the dynamics of mobility and address more fundamental sociological questions. Up to now, the

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Calling for a broader, new approach to social mobility research,Pathways to Social Class: A Qualitative Approach to Social Mobility moves beyond pure statistics to use qualitative techniques--such as life stories and family case studies--to examine more closely the dynamics of mobility and address more fundamental sociological questions. Up to now, the extensive sociological literature on mobility has been based around the survey method. As a result, we have access to abundant statistical data, but there is little information available to explain how and why people follow particular life paths. To overcome these limitations, Bertaux and Thompson have developed an alternative, complementary approach using life stories, case histories of whole families over several generations, or case studies of local communities. Employing the case-study approach does not prevent the identification of structural trends; on the contrary, it allows us to analyze those collective processes through their local effects, restoring the links with classics of sociological thought.

Bertaux and Thompson tackle such problems as: What exactly is transmitted between generations; is it wealth or land, occupational models or skills, social networks, or values and orientations? What kinds of assets can immigrants draw on? How can a social elite survive the upheaval of a popular revolution? What is the impact of marriage on the mobility of men and women? How far can belonging to one locality rather than another, or choosing a particular house, shape mobility paths and aspirations? Do dreams of mobility matter? This volume promises to inspire other sociologists towards the richly revealing and highly significant findings that a broader-based-approach to social mobility will enable.

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"Especially for those American social scientists used to thinking of mobility studies as sophisticated statistical analyses of large numbers of variables in massive national data sets, the eights studies included here are themselves refreshing and unusual in their approach and specific subject matter...The richness of the details in the family chronicles suggests new information for the content of mobility theories and a new agenda for mobility studies."—Social Forces

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198279310
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bertaux is the director of research at the Centre d?tude des Mouvements Sociaux of the CNRS and EHESS in Paris. His many publications on social mobility and on life stories include Destins Personnels et Struture de Classe and Biography and Society.

Paul Thompson is a research professor in sociology at the University of Essex. His books include The Edwardians, The Voice of the Past, I Dont Feel Old, and The Myths We Live By. His is co-editor with Bertaux of Between Generations: Family Models, Myths and Memories.

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