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Against the Odds?Social Class and Social Justice in Industrial Societies$
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Gordon Marshall, Adam Swift, and Stephen Roberts

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292401.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Against the Odds?

Gordon Marshall

Adam Swift

Stephen Roberts

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of the book, which is about the different interpretations of the relationships among social class, social mobility and social justice. The book evaluates several competing conceptions of social justice, each of which is of possible relevance to the issue of social class, and contrasts inequalities of outcome and access. It introduces data on social mobility in advanced societies, provides detailed definitions of social class, and explains the rationale behind the so-called Goldthorpe class schema.

Keywords:   social class, social mobility, social justice, inequalities, Goldthorpe class schema

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