Geoff Payne considers a wide range of dimensions of mobility and life chances to assess the causes and consequences of mobility as social and political processes and challenges well-established opinions of politicians, pressure groups, the press, academics and the public.
Despite becoming a big issue in public debate, social mobility is one of the most misunderstood processes of our time. In this accessible and engaging text, Geoff Payne, one of Britain’s leading mobility analysts, presents up-to-date sociological research evidence to demonstrate how our politicians have not grasped the ways in which mobility works. The new social mobility argues for considering a wider range of dimensions of mobility and life chances, notably the workings of the labour market, to assess more accurately the causes and consequences of mobility as social and political processes. Bringing together a range of literature and research, it covers key themes of mobility analysis, and offers a critical and original approach to social mobility. This important book will challenge the well-established opinions of politicians, pressure groups, the press, academics and the public; it is also sufficiently comprehensive to be suitable for teaching and of interest to a broad academic audience.
Professor Geoff Payne, FAcSS, is based at Newcastle University where he has taught modules on sociological research methods; social divisions; and social mobility. A former President of the British Sociological Association, and Director of the Scottish Mobility Study at Aberdeen University in the mid-1970s, he has written over 30 articles and three books on social mobility, and worked on education, social class, and research techniques. His widely-used ‘Social Divisions’ textbook is in its 3rd edition.
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