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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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Education: Trends

Education: Trends

(p.106) 6 Education: Trends
Against the Odds?

Gordon Marshall

Adam Swift

Stephen Roberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the changes in the influence of social origins on educational attainment and the relationship between qualifications gained and class of labour-market entry and destination. It finds that though attainment qualification above the basic educational level has become more common over successive birth-cohorts, differentials relating to class origins were maintained. The findings also reveal that inequalities in the attainment of degree-level qualifications have widened while the gap between those gaining qualifications from unskilled manual and salariat backgrounds was about 13% higher than those born before 1920.

Keywords:   social origins, educational attainment, education, labour-market entry, labor class

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