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The Contexts of Social Mobility: Ideology and Theory

Strauss, Anselm L

ISBN 10: 0202300676 / ISBN 13: 9780202300672
Published by Aldine Pub. Co 1971-01-01, 1971
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0202300676 A Very Good book and a Good+ dustjacket. Dj has some chips and tears along its edges. 263 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 9031125561

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Title: The Contexts of Social Mobility: Ideology ...

Publisher: Aldine Pub. Co 1971-01-01

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st.

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This book contains a major statement by one of America's most preeminent sociologists on what remains an important problem in American history and social analysis: the nature and extent of movement within American society from one status to another. The most important images of mobility involve self-improvement by changing location (going to the frontier, coming to the big city), and by changing social class (second-generation immigrants). Almost all sociological and historical analysis has been limited to these themes.

Strauss extends the concept to a wide range of ideologies, institutional contexts, and social movements; his analysis is based on a formal theory of status passage and develops a partial theory of mobility. Strauss addresses a theme that underscores much of one strand of his work: the changing articulation of individuals with their social structure and institutions.

The book follows on from the theoretical presuppositions of Discovery of Grounded Theory and the formal theory presented in Status Passage. Strauss was continually concerned with American social and intellectual life in its historical and contemporary manifestations. No one else has looked at the important phenomenon of mobility in this broad a context and from this point of view. The book remains important to those concerned with the social history of America and with problems of social change.

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Joseph R. Gusfield was professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His books include Contested Meanings: The Construction of Alcohol Problems and Mass Society and Extremist Politics.


Anselm Strauss (1916-1996) was an American medical sociologist and professor at the University of Chicago. He was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980.

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