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Social Mobility Across Three Generations

Domenii publicaţii > Ştiinţe sociale + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Timothy Biblarz, Vern L. Bengtson, and Alexander Bucur

Editorial: Journal of Marriage and Family, 58 (1), p.188-200, 1996.


This article examines differences in patterns of social mobility experienced by 3 generations (grandparents, parents, and children) within the same family lineages. Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Generations, it was found that each successive generation of offspring has had higher occupational attainment than the one before. However, the rate of upward mobility has slowed across generations. Moreover, the association between parents’ socioeconomic stratum and children’s socioeconomic stratum has weakened across the generations in this sample (independent of structural shifts in the distributions of occupations), suggesting a decline in the family transmission of social position to offspring. Finally, in terms of female social mobility, the level of broad occupational segregation faced by every successive generation of women remained constant.

Cuvinte cheie: generatii, mobilitate sociala // aging, social mobility, generations