In this accessible and engaging text, Geoff Payne presents up-to-date sociological research evidence to demonstrate how our politicians have failed to grasp the ways in which mobility works. The new social mobility considers a wider range of dimensions of mobility and life chances, notably the workings of the labour market, to assess more accurately the causes and consequences of mobility as social and political processes. This important book will challenge well-established opinions of politicians, pressure groups, the press, academics and the public, as well as being sufficiently comprehensive to be suitable for teaching and of interest to a broad academic audience.
Professor Geoff Payne, FAcSS, is based at Newcastle University where he has taught modules on sociological research methods; social divisions; and social mobility. A former President of the British Sociological Association, and Director of the Scottish Mobility Study at Aberdeen University in the mid-1970s, he has written over 30 articles and three books on social mobility, and worked on education, social class, and research techniques. His widely-used `Social Divisions' textbook is in its 3rd edition.
Introducing the Confusing World of Social Mobility; `There's a Lot of it About'; Log Cabins and Field-Marshals' Batons; The Political Re-discovery of Social Mobility; Documenting Mobility; Tracing the Origins; Why low, why now?; The Pessimism of Older Academic Mobility Analysis; The Emergence of a New Society; The New Mobility Regime; Misconceptions of Schooling and Meritocracy; Tightening Bonds and Professional Access; Moving On; References; Tables and Figures.