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Socio-spatial mobilities and narratives of class identity in Britain

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posted on 29.11.2018, 10:07 by Andrew Miles, Adrian LeguinaAdrian Leguina
In this article we carry out the most comprehensive analysis of social and spatial mobility in the UK to date and the first to directly link different dimensions of mobility to processes of social class formation. Using new analytical techniques in this field, we integrate quantitative and qualitative data from the 1958 Birth Cohort Study, combining text-mining and correspondence analysis in order to examine the intersection of geographical and social mobility with class identities. This work reflects a revival of interest in the spatialisation of class inequalities, which is connected to policy concerns about the regional dimension of Britain’s mobility ‘crisis’ that have intensified in the wake of the ‘Brexit’ vote. We find that the South’s role as an ‘escalator’ region for upward mobility has continued and that the relationship between social and spatial mobility both confirms and qualifies the role of London and the South East in generating inequalities. We show that different migration-mobility transitions are associated with distinctive and contrasting class identity narratives. Those who move from North to South stand out in particular for the way their ‘class talk’ reveals the social disorientation that attends their success. The contrasting ways in which other groups express their social identities suggests that the interplay of geographical and social mobilities play a crucial role in regional cultural divisions.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

British Journal of Sociology

Volume

69

Issue

4

Pages

1063-1095

Citation

MILES, A. and LEGUINA, A., 2018. Socio-spatial mobilities and narratives of class identity in Britain. British Journal of Sociology, 69 (4), pp.1063-1095.

Publisher

Wiley © London School of Economics and Political Science

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: MILES, A. and LEGUINA, A., 2018. Socio-spatial mobilities and narratives of class identity in Britain. British Journal of Sociology, 69 (4), pp.1063-1095, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12624. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

26/10/2018

Publication date

2018-12-21

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

0007-1315

eISSN

1468-4446

Language

en