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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.
About the Author
Daniel Bertaux is the director of research at the Centre d'étude 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Daniel Bertaux and Paul Thompson
Women, Men, and Transgenerational Family Influences in Social Mobility, Paul Thompson
Heritage and its Lineage: A Case History of Transmission and Social Mobility over Five Generations, Daniel Bertaux and Isabelle Bertaux-Wiame
Shadow and Reality in Occupational History: Britain in the First Half of the Twentieth Century, David Vincent
The Familial Meaning of Housing in Social Rootedness and Mobility: Britain and France, Isabelle Bertaux-Wiame and Paul Thompson
The Local World View: Social Change and Memory in Three Tuscan Communes, Giovanni Contini
Migration, Mobility, and Social Process: Scottish Migrants in Canada, Brian Elliott
Transmission in Extreme Situations: Russian Families Expropriated by the October Revolution, Daniel Bertaux
Social Mobility in Hungary since the Second World War: Interpretations through Surveys and through Families' Histories, Rudolf Andorka
Social Mobility and the Survey Method: A Critical Analysis, Mike Savage