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Social Mobility in Europe between 1970 and 2000

Richard Breen and Ruud Luijkx

in Social Mobility in Europe

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780199258451
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601491 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258457.003.0003
 Social Mobility in Europe between 1970 and 2000

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Presents the results of the comparative analyses of absolute mobility and social fluidity in 11 European countries covering the period 1970 to 2000. Findings are presented separately for men and for women. We find a marked convergence between countries in their patterns and rates of absolute social mobility. There is also a widespread tendency for class inequalities in mobility chances to diminish over time, though there remain quite substantial variations in this respect between countries.

Keywords: absolute mobility; convergence; cross-national comparisons; Europe; social fluidity; temporal trends

Chapter.  14596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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