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Changing Classes: Stratification and Mobility in Post-industrial Societies

by Esping-Anderson SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book makes a significant contribution towards understanding the new class structures of post-industrial societies, and the changing processes of social stratification and mobility.Drawing together comparative research on the dynamics of social stratification in a number of key western societies, the authors develop a framework for the analysis of post-industrial class formation. They demonstrate the central importance of the institutional bases of individual countries - welfare states, labour markets, and education systems - for understanding social stratification. They illustrate the significance of the relations between the welfare state and the household, and the critical interface between gender and class. Case studies of the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Norway and Sweden examine the differing application of these ideas in individual welfare states.Connecting issues of welfare, stratification and political economy, the book will be essential reading for lecturers and students in sociology, political science, social policy and related subjects.

Introduction - Gosta Esping-Andersen Post-industrial Class Structures - Gosta Esping-Andersen An Analytical Framework Trends in Contemporary Class Structuration - Gosta Esping-Andersen, Zina Assimokopoulou and Kees van Kersbergen A Six-Nation Comparison The Post-industrial Stratificational Order - Jon Eivind Kolberg and Arne Kolstad The Norwegian Experience Class Inequality and Post-industrial Employment in Sweden - Michael Tahlin Is there a New Service Proletariat? The Tertiary Sector and Social Inequality in Germany - Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Gianna Giannelli and Karl Ulrich Mayer Post-industrial Career Structures in Britain - Jonathan Gershuny Does Post-industrialism Matter? The Canadian Experience - John Myles, Garnett Picot and Ted Wannell Careers in the US Service Economy - Jerry A Jacobs Mobility Regimes and Class Formation - Gosta Esping-Andersen

`The evidence accumulated is valuable.... This collection is very useful for its comparative data on occupational mobility and because it refutes the proposition that there exists currently a large, homogeneous and permanently trapped new servant class in advanced capitalist societies' - International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Gosta Esping-Andersen is Professor of Comparative Social Systems at the University of Trento. He is the author of Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (1990) and Politics against Markets (1985), and the editor of Changing Classes (1993) CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE WESTERN HEMISPHERE Francis G Castles ANU Canberra Roger Goodman University of Oxford Ito Peng University of Oxford Guy Standing ILO Geneva