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Who Has Gotten Ahead after the Fall of Communism? The Case of the Czech Republic

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Lim, Nelson; Mateju, Petr

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Abstract Pierre Bourdieu's concept of various forms of capital are employed in a study of patterns of individual mobility in the postcommunist Czech Republic, drawing on secondary empirical data from a longitudinal study conducted by P. Mateju, M. Tucek, & L. Rezler (1991) in which 2,891 eighth-grade student questionnaires & 2,709 parent interviews were completed in 1989 & again in 1992. It is found that the former nomenklatura class has retained its social position due to its conversion of human & social capital into economic capital. However, a change from pre- to postcommunist society is detected in the increase of education as a facilitator of upward mobility. Finally, while cultural capital does not appear to significantly influence stratification, a strong relationship is found between social capital & upward mobility.
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies
Free Keywords Social Mobility; Cultural Capital; Postcommunist Societies; Czech Republic; Parents; Children; individual social mobility, postcommunist Czech Republic; secondary questionnaire/interview data; students/parents; cultural capital perspective;
Document language English
Publication Year 1995
Page/Pages p. 117-137
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 3 (1995) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications