Does Social Mobility Provide Evidence For The Demise Of Social Class?

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“Does ‘social mobility’ provide evidence for the demise of social class?” In this essay, I will be gathering information and discussing the possible evidence regarding whether or not it is a component of the ‘demise’ of social class. I will be including relevant and up to date information as well as introducing sociologists such as Karl Marx and Max Weber. Also, I will be including references and a bibliography to support my discussion.
Social mobility can be defined as “the movement of individuals, families, households, or other categories of people within or between social strata in a society. It is a change in social status relative to others ' social location within a given society” (Wikipedia, 2016). Social mobility refers to the
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Also, social mobility can show whether the life chances of a child and their chances of success are largely a result of the social class which they are born into, as well as other factors like their gender or ethnic origin. (Browne, 1992)
According to Giddens and Birdsall (2001), open stratification systems are those in which at least some value is given to achieved status characteristics in a society. The movement can be in a downward or upward direction. Social mobility may be absolute or relative. Absolute social mobility refers to the overall numbers of people who end up in a different layer of stratification from that of their parents. Relative social mobility refers to the differences in probability of attaining a certain outcome, regardless of overall structural changes; a society can have high absolute mobility and low relative mobility. The availability of at least some social mobility can be important in providing pathways to greater equality in societies with high social inequality. (Crompton, 2008)
In recent year’s social mobility, the expanding higher education system and greater job flexibility have all been cited as examples of how social class is apparently becoming progressively demised in current Britain. Historically, social class was extremely important in society which was defined by a hierarchy. For example, the established middle class or the traditional working class. According to Clark (2015), social mobility barely exists, so it
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