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For almost 50 years, Goldthorpe has been the preeminent expert in social mobility, and his public prominence has risen with the heat in that debate. In a 2014 paper, the Oxford academic put forward the idea that modern graduates—for the first time—have less opportunity for social advancement than their parents.


Further reading:

Room at the top Jonathan Derbyshire talks to Goldthorpe about social mobility.

Class war is back again – and British politicians are running scared…

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