Social Mobility

  • Kenneth Magdonald
  • John Ridge


The aim of this chapter is to review the credentials of the evidence for trends in social mobility in Britain during this century. We begin with a short prescriptive elaboration of the use of the term ‘social mobility’, and of a model for empirical study. But this is by way of orientation only, and the emphasis throughout rests on the possibility of detecting trends: neither a general introduction to the analysis of mobility, nor a comprehensive review of the literature on its many aspects is given. As a result, several issues are not mentioned at all, or at best discussed very briefly. This does not mean that they are settled or otherwise unimportant, but simply that they are not particularly relevant to the special problems of trend analysis. For those readers who do require a general introduction, we recommend the articles by Miller (1960) and Duncan (1966) cited in the bibliography (in which all references in this chapter are collected).


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  • John Ridge

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