Social Mobility in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century England

Author(s): 
Miles, Andrew
ISBN: 
0333620593
Date published: 
January 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£42.50
Pages: 
220

This pioneering book provides the first systematic historical analysis of occupational and social mobility in England. Using a collection of over 10,000 marriage certificates to examine inter-generational change, and almost 500 autobiographical texts and abstracts to explore the dynamics of career mobility, it shows how the development of the nineteenth-century economy was accompanied by rising rates of mobility, which made English society more 'open' while at the same encouraging a distinct process of working-class formation.