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Against the Odds?Social Class and Social Justice in Industrial Societies$
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Gordon Marshall, Adam Swift, and Stephen Roberts

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292401.001.0001

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Education: Trends

Education: Trends

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(p.106) 6 Education: Trends
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Against the Odds?
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Gordon Marshall

Adam Swift

Stephen Roberts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292401.003.0006

This chapter examines the changes in the influence of social origins on educational attainment and the relationship between qualifications gained and class of labour-market entry and destination. It finds that though attainment qualification above the basic educational level has become more common over successive birth-cohorts, differentials relating to class origins were maintained. The findings also reveal that inequalities in the attainment of degree-level qualifications have widened while the gap between those gaining qualifications from unskilled manual and salariat backgrounds was about 13% higher than those born before 1920.

Keywords:   social origins, educational attainment, education, labour-market entry, labor class

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