© 1999

Social Mobility in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century England


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andrew Miles
    Pages 1-4
  3. Andrew Miles
    Pages 21-47
  4. Andrew Miles
    Pages 48-65
  5. Andrew Miles
    Pages 66-96
  6. Andrew Miles
    Pages 97-115
  7. Andrew Miles
    Pages 116-144
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-262

About this book


This pioneering book provides the first systematic historical analysis of occupational and social mobility in England. Using a collection of over 10,000 marriage certificates to examine inter-generational change, and almost 500 autobiographical texts and abstracts to explore the dynamics of career mobility, it shows how the development of the nineteenth-century economy was accompanied by rising rates of mobility, which made English society more 'open' while at the same encouraging a distinct process of working-class formation.


Generation mobility occupations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern HistoryUniversity of BirminghamUK

About the authors

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

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