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In Search of the 'Traditional' Working Class: Social Mobility and Occupational Continuity in Interwar London

Dudley Baines and Paul Johnson
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Nov., 1999), pp. 692-713
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2599324
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Data on 26,915 working-class metropolitan households, collected in 1929-31 as part of the 'New survey of London', are used to assess the extent to which sons entered the same occupations, with the same skill rankings, as their fathers. The evidence shows that the level of occupational continuity was lower, and the degree of social mobility higher, than previously claimed by postwar sociologists. These findings cast doubt on accepted views of the stability and homogeneity of 'traditional' working-class communities in interwar Britain.

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