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Some social and physical correlates of intergenerational social mobility: evidence from the west of Scotland Collaborative Study

Blane, D., Davey Smith, G., and Hart, C.L. (1999) Some social and physical correlates of intergenerational social mobility: evidence from the west of Scotland Collaborative Study. Sociology, 33 (1). pp. 169-183. ISSN 0038-0385 (doi:10.1017/S0038038599000097)

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Abstract

Mainstream sociological studies of intergenerational social mobility have emphasised social factors such as education and the material and cultural resources of the family of origin as the main influences on the chances and direction of social mobility. Medical sociology in contrast has been more interested in its physical correlates such as height and health status. Data from the West of Scotland Collaborative study allow an examination of the relationship between social mobility and both social and physical factors. Height, education and material circumstances in the family of origin, indexed as the number of siblings, were each independently associated with the chances of both upward and downward social mobility in this dataset. In each case the net effect of this social mobility was to constrain the social distribution of these variables. Any role which these factors may play in indirect health selection, it is argued, cannot account for social class differences in adult health.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:education, height, number of siblings, social mobility
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hart, Dr Carole and Davey Smith, Prof George
Authors: Blane, D., Davey Smith, G., and Hart, C.L.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Research Group:Midspan
Journal Name:Sociology
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0038-0385
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1999 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Sociology 33(1):169-183
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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