Workshop on the Consequences of Declining Social Mobility

The Economic and Social Participation team invites anyone who is interested in attending a workshop on the Consequences of Declining Social Mobility by David Maume. The workshop will be held on 31 July 4 -5pm, Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building (161 Barry St).

The event is free. Please RSVP via e-mail:

The talk:
A preliminary analysis of declining social mobility in America
and its consequences for health and political engagement

Prior research and theorizing suggests that upward mobility is expected in industrial societies, and this serves to legitimate inequality and stabilize the political order.  But, what happens in if mobility declines in post-industrial societies?  David will investigate patterns of inter-generational class mobility over the last two decades using data from the (American) General Social Survey.  He finds that indeed, rates of upward (downward) mobility decreased (increased) over this period, and this affects political attitudes and behaviors. In addition, because class is a fundamental cause of health, social mobility affects health.

The speaker:
Professor David Maume

David Maume is a Professor of sociology and Director of the Kunz Center for the Study of Work & Family. He is a very distinguished scholar who has published extensively on topics that are at the heart of ESPRIt's research focus,  such as child care and women's labor force participation, work schedules and their link with family life, and how race and gender affect career development. David received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983, and has made an enormous contribution to the field of sociology ever since.
In 2014, he was awarded the Katherine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Award from the Southern Sociological Society, for distinguished scholarly contributions to an understanding of gender and society, and he was elected the society's president in 2015.