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The Political Orientation of Skidders: A Middle-Range Theory

Joseph Lopreato and Janet Saltzman Chafetz
American Sociological Review
Vol. 35, No. 3 (Jun., 1970), pp. 440-451
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2092987
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Studies of the political behavior associated with downward mobility have consistently found skidders in an intermediate position between the class of origin and the class of destination. After a brief review of explanatory statements addressed to this finding, the present paper proceeds to discuss survey data from Italian society which produce an exception to it. A further review of literature reveals a number of speculative statements which anticipate the exception. A series of propositions generated on this basis are tested and upheld by the survey data. The paper closes with an attempt to formalize our knowledge on downward mobility and political behavior.

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