Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Education, opportunity and the prospects for social mobility

Brown, Phillip ORCID: 2013. Education, opportunity and the prospects for social mobility. British Journal of Sociology of Education 34 (5-6) , pp. 678-700. 10.1080/01425692.2013.816036

Full text not available from this repository.


There has been renewed policy interest in intergenerational social mobility as a route to a fairer society, but in ignoring the sociological evidence this article will argue that the current policy agenda will fail to achieve its goal. Based on an analysis of ‘social congestion’, ‘social exclusion’, and ‘social justice’, it also argues that existing sociological research on education and social mobility needs to be extended. In the early decades of the twenty-first century, the experiences of working-class and middle-class students and families are not defined by intergenerational social mobility, but by social congestion and an opportunity trap.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social mobility, positional competition, social class, meritocracy, merit selection, social exclusion, social congestion, opportunity trap, deficit model, social justice
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0142-5692
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:16

Citation Data

Cited 179 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item