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What coronavirus reveals about social mobility

The UK strongly emphasises the benefits of climbing the ladders of social status as a route to happiness. But there's something missing

By Paul Dolan  

A society with high social mobility is one where it is relatively easy for someone’s social status to change. The emphasis in the UK is to ensure that people from working-class backgrounds have the greatest possible opportunity to enter middle-class professions. Social mobility is typically seen as being unequivocally good. There is an emphasis on the benefits of climbing the ladders of social status, and hardly any discussion of the impact of sliding down the snakes, which can be very costly for wellbeing.

Here, I want to question the assumption that the more…

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