Social Mobility In 19th Century England

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In this groundbreaking study, Andrew Miles subjects historical evidence of intergenerational and career mobility from the records of nineteenth-century marriages and autobiographical testimony to the analytical techniques developed by social scientists. Challenging previous assumptions about the long-term pattern of mobility in Britain, he demonstrates that the increase in mobility which accompanied the growth of an increasingly urbanized and bureaucratic service economy over the second half of the nineteenth ...

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Overview

In this groundbreaking study, Andrew Miles subjects historical evidence of intergenerational and career mobility from the records of nineteenth-century marriages and autobiographical testimony to the analytical techniques developed by social scientists. Challenging previous assumptions about the long-term pattern of mobility in Britain, he demonstrates that the increase in mobility which accompanied the growth of an increasingly urbanized and bureaucratic service economy over the second half of the nineteenth century made English society more "open," while simultaneously encouraging a process of working-class formation which helped shape the emergence of modern labor politics.

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In this study, Miles (modern social history, U. of Birmingham) subjects historical evidence of intergenerational and career mobility from the records of 19th-century marriages and autobiographical testimony to the analytical techniques developed by social scientists. Challenging previous assumptions about the long-term pattern of mobility in Britain, he demonstrates that the rise in mobility which accompanied the growth of an increasingly urbanized and bureaucratic service economy made English society more open, simultaneously encouraging a process of working-class formation which helped shape the emergence of modern labor politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312220457
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/12/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Miles is Lecturer in Modern Social History at the University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Exploring the Land of Boundless Opportunity
• Social and Class Formation
• Industrialization and Social Fluidity
• Occupations, Classes and Mobility
• Career Mobility
• Mechanisms and Meanings of Mobility
• Marriage Markets and Women's Role in Social Mobility
• Social Mobility and Class Structure in Historical Perspective
• Index

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