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Social class, family background, and intergenerational mobility: A comment on Mcintosh and Munk
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2009 (English)In: European Economic Review, Vol. 53, no 1, 118-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

McIntosh and Munk claim that the class schema developed by Erikson and Goldthorpe lacks validity and should not be taken as a basis for studies of intergenerational social mobility. Their paper is founded on a serious misconception of why the schema is in fact used by sociologists in mobility research and, for this reason, their test of its validity is essentially misdirected. In addition, the test itself is not carried out in an appropriate way nor, it would seem, with data of adequate quality.

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2009. Vol. 53, no 1, 118-120 p.
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Social class; Erikson–Goldthorpe class schema; Social mobility
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18788DOI: doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2008.05.007ISI: 000263625600008OAI: diva2:185311
Available from: 2009-02-03 Created: 2009-02-03 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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