Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447310655 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447310662 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only

The New Social Mobility

Geoff Payne

The New Social Mobility

Geoff Payne

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2017
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447310655 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447310662 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Despite being a hotly debated topic, social mobility remains one of the most misunderstood processes of our time. In this accessible and engaging book, leading mobility analyst Geoff Payne draws on the latest sociological evidence to demonstrate how our politicians have failed to grasp the ways in which mobility works. The New Social Mobility argues that we must consider the wider dimensions of mobility and life chances—notably the workings of the labor market—to assess more accurately the causes and consequences of mobility as both social and political processes. Bringing together a range of literature and research, Payne covers key themes of mobility analysis and offers a critical and original approach to social mobility. This comprehensive, important book will challenge the well-established opinions of politicians, pressure groups, the press, scholars, and the public alike.
Review Quotes
Sociological Research Online
"Of remarkable linear coherence. . . . Significant reading. . . . The New Social Mobility definitely provides the reader with strong arguments on common epistemological concerns of the discipline and a novel reading of old discourses, which all together could be seen as a valuable navigation tool of thought for the exploration of mobility in other western countries as well."
David G. Grusky, Stanford University
"Punctures the technocratic myth of UK academics and politicians working together, identifying instead a troubling disconnect between what’s known about mobility and what’s done in the name of increasing it. An object lesson in late-industrial policy making."
Polly Toynbee, journalist with the Guardian
"Every public figure protests they are all for social mobility—but few have any idea what it means. Here's the definitive analysis they need to read: equal opportunity means we must live more equal lives."
John Scott, University of Essex
"A lively, intelligent, and well-informed discussion of the meaning, extent, and significance of social mobility in Britain. Written for both specialists and policy makers, it will be an essential source of reference for decades to come."
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