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Life narratives and personal identity: the end of linear social mobility?

Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 and Flemmen, Magne (2019) Life narratives and personal identity: the end of linear social mobility? Cultural and Social History, 16 (1). pp. 85-101. ISSN 1478-0038

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14780038.2019.1574049


This paper uses visualisations of life trajectories drawn from the 1958 National Child Development Survey to show how this generation refused linear narratives of mobility in favour of jags and turning points. We argue that these visualisations demonstrate the limitations of conventional class-based interpretations of social mobility. We show how these jags represent moments of switching between public and private lives, demonstrating the interruptions which this generation display. We argue that these visualisations are consistent with the distinctive historical conditions ofthis generation, especially its female members, We conclude that more studiesof popular identities of social mobility are needed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Social History Society
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 08:12
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 05:48

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