Class and Status as Dimensions of Career Mobility. Some Insights from the Austrian Case

Max Haller 1  and Robert W. Hodge 2
  • 1 Universität Mannheim Lehrstuhl Soziologie III Seminargebäude A5 D-6800 Mannheim 1
  • 2 University of Southern California Department of Sociology and Anthropology University Park Los Angeles, Calif. 90007, USA


The numerous existing studies on social mobility have been restricted up to now largely to the dimension of occupational prestige or status. A systematic consideration of class position has been hampered among other things by the fact that marxist class theorists themselves have underestimated the relevance of mobility studies for class analysis. In the present paper we argue that patterns of intragenerational career mobility (an aspect largely neglected up to now) have to be analysed by controlling class and status simultaneously. This thesis is substantiated through an empirical analysis of career mobility of Austrian men. The results both from a regression analysis and a multidimensional scaling approach clearly prove this thesis. Similarities and differences in patterns of career mobility of men in the US are briefly indicated.

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