Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447316343 Will Publish August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447316336 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only

The Success Paradox

Why We Need a Holistic Theory of Social Mobility

Graeme Atherton

The Success Paradox

Graeme Atherton

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447316343 Will Publish August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447316336 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The economistic way of thinking about social mobility favored by politicians and academics is narrow, unsustainable, and actually contributes to rising inequality. In this timely, innovative take on one of the key issues facing twenty-first-century society, Graeme Atherton offers an alternative vision of social mobility based on improving overall well-being—not just income or occupation—and provides a road map to achieve it. After examining how the term social mobility structures our understanding of success—and the impact that understanding has on society—Atherton outlines a holistic approach that encompasses education, economics, and politics. In so doing he recasts the relationship between employees and employers, embracing radical opportunities provided by technology; rethinks the very nature of higher education; and looks beyond employment to incorporate progress in non-work areas of life.
Contents
Introduction
Why we need a new theory of social mobility
Rising, Falling or staying the same? The academic discourse on social mobility
Unpicking the political consensus on social mobility
Breaking the Attainment Addiction
Unbundling, diversification and ecological: New models for Higher Education
Hourglass, molecule or pyramid? Social mobility and the labour market
Social Mobility, well-being and class
A new politics for social mobility
Conclusions: Re-framing social mobility
Review Quotes
Sheila Riddell, University of Edinburgh
“A useful and thought-provoking contribution to current debates on the notion of success that is engaging and accessible.”
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