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April 27, 2005

Social Mobility: more data

I found another source of international comparisons of social mobility here. I wouldn't pay much attention to the analysis, which is superficial, but the data are relevant.

Discussion on my earlier post reminded me of Paul Fussell's amusing book Class: Style and Status in the USA (1983). Fussell divides the American population into nine classes:

Top out-of-sight
Upper
Upper middle

Middle
High proletarian
Mid-proletarian
Low proletarian

Destitute
Bottom out-of-sight

The top and bottom classes are 'out of sight' for different reasons: the top because they want to keep away from envious prying eyes, and the bottom because they are mainly in institutions.

Posted by David B at 10:03 AM