Erikson, Robert, 1938-

The constant flux : a study of class mobility in industrial societies / Robert Erikson and John H. Goldthorpe. - Oxford [England] : New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1992. - xvi, 429 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [399]-422) and indexes.

This is a study of social mobility within the developing class structures of modern industrial societies based on a unique data-set constructed by Robert Erikson and John Goldthorpe. The focus is on the experience of European nations--western and eastern--in the period of the 'long boom' following the Second World War; but the book also devotes separate chapters to examining the experience of the USA, Australia, and Japan. The authors combine historical and statistical approaches in their analysis of both trends in mobility and of cross-national similarities and differences. They show that wide variation at the level of actually observed mobility coexists with a surprising degree of constancy and commonality in underlying patterns of social fluidity. The empirical results of their study serve as the basis for a critical re-examination of current theories of mobility and for raising more general issues of the proper concerns and methods of comparative macro-sociology.

0198273835 9780198273837

91030724

GB92-16382


Social mobility--History--Europe--20th century.
Social mobility--History--20th century.
Social classes--History--Europe--20th century.
Social classes--History--20th century.


Europe--Economic conditions--1945-

Social classes History Europe

HN380.Z9 / S654 1992

305.5/13/09045