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Social Structure and Mobility in Economic Development
     

Social Structure and Mobility in Economic Development

by Neil J. Smelser (Editor), Seymour Lipset (Editor), Neil Smelser (Introduction)
 

The foundation of this volume is the notion that the several processes of change constituting economic and social development are systematically interrelated. The essence of development is the appearance of rapid rates of increases in many different indices--output per capita, political participation, literacy and the like. These quantitative changes are, however,

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The foundation of this volume is the notion that the several processes of change constituting economic and social development are systematically interrelated. The essence of development is the appearance of rapid rates of increases in many different indices--output per capita, political participation, literacy and the like. These quantitative changes are, however, commonly accompanied by vast changes in the social structure--markets emerge, political bureaucracies arise, and new educational systems appear. Written by the leading authorities on the subject, this group of papers tackles the causes and consequences of social mobility. Each author brings his particular skills to bear on various aspects of the problem in studies of persons moving from rural to urban settings, from one kind of industry to another and from one prestige level to another. Several of the papers review the theoretical and methodological issues involved in comparative research on social mobility while others compare and contrast traditional and modern stratification systems. Various papers explore the economic, religious and psychological basis of social mobility, concluding with enquiry into the consequences of rapid mobility, especially in terms of the political stability of developing nations. Because social mobility is a central consideration in any study of economic and social change, every student of change will use this pioneering reference source as a text for all future research. Contributors include Otis Dudley Duncan, Harold L. Wilensky, Michael G. Smith, Bert F. Hoselitz, Wilbert E. Moore, Natalie Rogoff Rams°y, Gideon Sjoberg, Reinhard Bendix, Harry Crockett, David Matza, Lester Seligman, and Gino Germani. Neil J. Smelser is emeritus professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley. Seymour Martin Lipset was professor of sociology and director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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“[T]his volume maintains a high standard throughout and in fact constitutes quite essential reading for all interested in social stratification or the sociological aspects of economic development.”

—John H. Goldthrope, The British Journal of Sociology

"A valuable collection of articles on social mobility, covering many aspects of the subject, and presenting some interesting ideas and findings. The particular interest of this book lies in the theme of economic development, giving a specific perspective to the different aspects of social mobility. This is an important contribution to the literature on social mobility."

—Economic Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202307992
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2005
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006) was professor emeritus of sociology at George Mason University. Among his books are American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword; North American Cultures: Values and Institutions in Canada and the United States; Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics; and Rebellion in the University. He had a long-standing interest in Israel and Jewish affairs, and was past president of the Association of American Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.

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