Through the use of cutting-edge data this book summarises what we know about social mobility research: documenting the history of mobility trends since the Second World War; detailing the recent dark age of declining absolute mobility, and using international comparisons to highlight the variations of social mobility by place. The authors then call for a fundamental shift in debates about social mobility and social justice, arguing that tinkering with current policies will not transform society to the extent that is needed. Only by establishing general principles of fairness in society- relating to notions of community, decency, collective responsibility and inter-generational justice – can we agree the major policy reforms that can make Britain a more mobile and just society.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The ‘What Do We Know and What Should We Do About...?' series offers readers short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented, simplified or misunderstood in modern society and the media. Each book is written by a leading social scientist with an established reputation in the relevant subject area. The Series Editor is Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London