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An Intimate History of Social Mobility in Postwar Britain

Moran, J (2022) An Intimate History of Social Mobility in Postwar Britain. Cultural and Social History. ISSN 1478-0046

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This article explores the concept of social mobility through the lens of my own family history. My parents were baby boomers, beneficiaries of the 1944 Education Act and the opening of new universities in the 1960s. They were helped less by the meritocratic ideal of elite education than by more widely available benefits, such as public libraries, student grants, free time and a sense of not feeling driven into purely pragmatic or short-term choices. I argue that our stories of social mobility should pay more attention to how wider social histories interact with the idiosyncrasy and contingency of individual lives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2022 11:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 10:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/14780038.2022.2106616
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17270
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