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Son Also Rises : Surnames and the History of Social Mobility (Reprint) (Paperback) (Gregory Clark)

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How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does it influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have eroded in favor of greater social equality,The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries. Using a novel technique--tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods--renowned economic historian Gregory Clark reveals that mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies.

Clark examines and compares surnames in such diverse cases as modern Sweden and Qing Dynasty China. He demonstrates how fate is determined by ancestry and that almost all societies have similarly low social mobility rates. Challenging popular assumptions about mobility and revealing the deeply entrenched force of inherited advantage,The Son Also Rises is sure to prompt intense debate for years to come.

How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does it influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have eroded in favor of greater social equality,The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries. Using a novel technique?tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods?renowned economic historian Gregory Clark reveals that mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies.

Clark examines and compares surnames in such diverse cases as modern Sweden and Qing Dynasty China. He demonstrates how fate is determined by ancestry and that almost all societies have similarly low social mobility rates. Challenging popular assumptions about mobility and revealing the deeply entrenched force of inherited advantage,The Son Also Rises is sure to prompt intense debate for years to come.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 364
Genre: Business + Money Management, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Social Classes, Economic History, Economics / General
Series Title: The Princeton Economic History of the Western World
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Gregory Clark
Language: English
Street Date: August 25, 2015
TCIN: 46768555
UPC: 9780691168371
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8713
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