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Social Mobility in Europe

Richard Breen


The study of social mobility is concerned with the relationship between the class position an individual occupies and the class into which he or she was born. This book analyses social mobility in 11 European countries–Britain, France, Ireland, West Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Hungary, and Israel–over the last 30 years of the twentieth century. We find that, during this period, countries converged in the shape of their class structure and in their patterns of social mobility. But as far as inequalities between people from different class origins in their access to ... More

Keywords: absolute mobility, Europe, inequality, intergenerational mobility, social class, social fluidity

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199258457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Breen, editor
Official Fellow of Nuffield College University of Oxford
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