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Pathways to social class : a qualitative approach to social mobility

Author: Daniel Bertaux; Paul Thompson
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Calling for a broader, new approach to social mobility research, Daniel Bertaux and Paul Thompson here move beyond pure statistics to use qualitative techniques - such as life stories and family case studies - to examine more closely the dynamics of mobility and address more fundamental sociological questions. Up to now, the extensive sociological literature on mobility has been based around the survey method. As a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bertaux, Daniel.
Pathways to social class.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
(DLC) 96026405
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Bertaux; Paul Thompson
ISBN: 1280813490 9781280813498 9786610813490 6610813493 9780198279310 0198279310
OCLC Number: 252658481
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 334 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Daniel Bertaux and Paul Thompson ; with contributions by Rudolf Andorka [and others].

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Calling for a broader, new approach to social mobility research, Daniel Bertaux and Paul Thompson here move beyond pure statistics to use qualitative techniques - such as life stories and family case studies - to examine more closely the dynamics of mobility and address more fundamental sociological questions. Up to now, the extensive sociological literature on mobility has been based around the survey method. As a result, we have access to abundant statistical data, but there is little information available to explain how and why people follow particular life paths. To overcome these limitations, the authors have developed an alternative, complementary approach using life stories, case histories of whole families over several generations, or case studies of local communities. Employing the case-study approach does not prevent the identification of structural trends; on the contrary, it allows us to analyse those collective processes through their local effects, restoring the links with the classics of sociological thought.

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