Synopses & Reviews
As Graeme Atherton shows in this timely book, the economistic way of thinking about social mobility favored by politicians and academics is narrow, unsustainable, and actually contributes to rising inequality. Atherton offers an alternative vision of social mobility based on improving overall well-beingnot just income or occupationand provides a road map to achieve it. After examining how the term social mobility structures our understanding of successand the impact that understanding has on societyAtherton outlines a holistic approach that encompasses education, economics, and politics. In so doing he recasts the relationship between employees and employers, embracing radical opportunities provided by technology; rethinks the very nature of higher education; and looks beyond employment to incorporate progress in non-work areas of life. An innovative take on one of the key issues facing twenty-first century society, this book provides valuable insights for policy makers and academics.
About the Author
Graeme Atherton has been working to promote access to higher education and social mobility for nearly twenty years. As chair of the European Access Network's World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education, he is leading a global movement to open up opportunities for learners to benefit from education over the life course and across the world.
Table of Contents
Why we need a new theory of social mobility
Rising, Falling or staying the same? The academic discourse on social mobility
Unpicking the political consensus on social mobility
Breaking the Attainment Addiction
Unbundling, diversification and ecological: New models for Higher Education
Hourglass, molecule or pyramid? Social mobility and the labour market
Social Mobility, well-being and class
A new politics for social mobility
Conclusions: Re-framing social mobility