The politics of mobility

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Social mobility gauges the openness or closure of a society. An open society will exhibit a high level of social mobility due to a low persistence of privilege from one generation to the next; a closed society will exhibit a low level of social mobility due to persistence of social position across generations. As citizens and social scientists we endorse equality of opportunity, even when we disagree about the appropriate absolute level of inequality, so openness is a widely shared goal. We might even say that although we study mobility for many reasons, none is more important than to study social mobility in order to change it for the better. That said, we might go on to ask how the accumulation of research on social mobility over the past decade guides that interest in making society better.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenerating Social Stratification
Subtitle of host publicationToward a New Research Agenda
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages293-316
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780429968792
ISBN (Print)9780813367965
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Social Mobility
politics
persistence
open society
social position
social scientist
privilege
equality
citizen
Society

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Hout, M. (2018). The politics of mobility. In Generating Social Stratification: Toward a New Research Agenda (pp. 293-316). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429500244

The politics of mobility. / Hout, Michael.

Generating Social Stratification: Toward a New Research Agenda. Taylor and Francis, 2018. p. 293-316.

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Hout, M 2018, The politics of mobility. in Generating Social Stratification: Toward a New Research Agenda. Taylor and Francis, pp. 293-316. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429500244
Hout M. The politics of mobility. In Generating Social Stratification: Toward a New Research Agenda. Taylor and Francis. 2018. p. 293-316 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429500244
Hout, Michael. / The politics of mobility. Generating Social Stratification: Toward a New Research Agenda. Taylor and Francis, 2018. pp. 293-316
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