Analyzing Inequality: Life Chances and Social Mobility in by Stefan Svallfors

By Stefan Svallfors

Examining Inequality summarizes key concerns in today’s theoretically guided empirical learn on social inequality, lifestyles path, and cross-national comparative sociology. It describes the growth made by way of info resources, either cross-sectional and longitudinal; the hot tools that make inequality examine attainable; new methods of considering and explaining; and empirical findings or very important contributions of rigorous empirical learn to our understanding.The chapters, every one written by means of a exclusive social scientist, are of curiosity to either students and scholars. this is often the one e-book to this point to take inventory of the cutting-edge in stratification examine, interpreting facts, equipment, concept, and new empirical findings. interpreting Inequality deals an surprisingly and impressively huge assurance of substantial issues within the box.

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In more encompassing welfare states, the detrimental effects of marriage dissolution are likely to be weaker. On the other hand, in no country is it likely that the effects of growing family instability will be completely mitigated by welfare policies. One important aspect of contemporary analyses of inequality has been an increased emphasis on changes over the life cycle and their connections to the institutional framework. In Chapter Six, Sara Arber illustrates this by arguing for the importance of taking gender and family status into account Introduction 13 when analyzing inequalities in later life.

Association between origins and destinations is weaker for all “alternative” family forms than they are for two-parent intact families. This finding suggests that as fewer children grow up in twoparent families social scientists may expect intergenerational mobility patterns to become more fluid. In conclusion, Sørensen discusses to what extent the findings from the United States can be applied to other countries. Sørensen argues that on the one hand, the welfare state in the United States offers a particularly weak buffer against downward mobility and poverty connected to divorce and single motherhood.

But even during this stage, very broad categories and dichotomies like “the work society” versus “the welfare state” and “modern” life courses versus “traditional” life courses were the focus of the debate rather than issues related to crossnational and historical variation. It is, finally, only from the middle half of the 1980s and into the 1990s that something like a “differential” life course sociology developed, that is, descriptions of how patterns of life courses varied between more and more delimited historical periods and between societies.

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