Social Mobility: Issues, Trends, and Critique

  • Spyros Themelis
Part of the Marxism and Education book series (MAED)


In chapter 1, I discussed some key ideas pertinent to the way social stratification has been theorized, in particular by some social theorists (e.g., Marx, Weber, and Parsons). I argued that these ideas have largely shaped our understanding of social inequalities and differential arrangements within capitalist societies. This is notably evident in the field of social mobility as I discuss in this chapter. Specifically, I argue that social mobility currently functions as the matrix of structural socioeconomic inequalities within modern societies, which explains the political and media attention it has been increasingly attracting in Britain and elsewhere.


Social Classis Social Inequality Social Mobility Capitalist Society Mobility Rate 
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