Opportunities, Little Change: Class Mobility in Israeli Society, 1974-91

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Engages with the long lasting debate in sociology concerning the consequences of industrialization process for social mobility. It is argued that Israeli society provides one of the most adequate tests of this thesis. In this context, then, the analysis in this chapter is guided by two main questions: (1) has equality of opportunity in Israeli mobility increased over time, (2) has the mobility process in Israeli society become more meritocratic over time. The analysis in this chapter is based on data from two nationally representative surveys that were tailored to the study of social mobility-the 1974 and the 1991 Israeli mobility surveys. It is shown that Israelis (men and women alike) experience high level of social mobility and fluidity-but with little temporal variations. It is also shown that while the Israeli stratification system has some meritocratic components, these did not gain in strength over time. Thus it is concluded that, in the Israeli context, social mobility, and the industrialization process do not go hand in hand.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Mobility in Europe
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191601491
ISBN (Print)0199258457, 9780199258451
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2004

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  • Equality of opportunity
  • Industrialization
  • Israel
  • Meritocracy
  • Social fluidity
  • Social mobility
  • Temporal changes in social mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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