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The Truth about Class Inequality

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Ringen, Stein

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Abstract A strongly recommended conclusion in sociology about trends in class inequality has been summarised by Goldthorpe as a high degree of 'temporal constancy & cross-national communality'. This conclusion, here called 'the stability thesis', was first challenged by Ringen in 1987 & again, on more methodological grounds, by Ringen & Hellevik in two papers published in 1997. These challenges resulted in a process of debate & reassessment. It is now possible to sum up & conclude. The stability thesis rests on empirical results from odds-ratio readings of mobility table data. The authority of this methodology is re-examined in terms of normative significance & statistical validity. Mobility table data which have generated stability thesis findings are re-analysed with the standard gini-index methodology in the study of inequality, then yielding different findings which contradict the stability thesis. The main conclusion is that the stability thesis can now be considered overturned.
Classification Sociology
Free Keywords Social Inequality; Social Justice; Social Reform; Class Analysis; Social Stratification
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 475-492
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 42 (2006) 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications