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Social Inequality Across the Generations

The Role of Compensation and Multiplication in Resource Accumulation Edited by Jani Erola, Professor, Department of Social Research and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Research, University of Turku, Finland
Social Inequality Across the Generations provides an innovative perspective on social stratification studies by advancing the theoretical and empirical case for the influence of resource compensation. It examines whether resource compensation is a successful mechanism for social mobility, contrasting it against competing types of resource accumulation such as multiplication. This book is the first to cover extensively the role of compensation in intergenerational attainment – a new and rapidly spreading concept in stratification research.
Extent: 240 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 255 1
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  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Family and Gender Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
  • Welfare States
Social Inequality Across the Generations provides an innovative perspective on social stratification studies by advancing the theoretical and empirical case for the influence of resource compensation. It examines whether resource compensation is a successful mechanism for social mobility, contrasting it against competing types of resource accumulation such as multiplication. This book is the first to cover extensively the role of compensation in intergenerational attainment – a new and rapidly spreading concept in stratification research.

The editors bring together research on different types of resources contributing to social mobility from the nuclear family, extended family and society, including in-depth analysis of the influence of wider family members in three different contexts and specific empirical chapters covering European and US societies. The authors cover a variety of institutional systems that achieve similar results through contrasting methods. Through this conceptual framework, they reveal which policies have the biggest effect on social mobility.

The book offers original insight into intergenerational inequality and mobility for researchers and students of social stratification and social mobility, particularly within sociology, social policy and economics.
Contributors: F. Bernardi, H.-P. Blossfeld, D. Boertien, J. Erola, M. Grätz, J. Helemäe, M. Kainu, J. Kallio, O. Kangas, E. Kilpi-Jakonen, H. Lehti, A. Minello, J. Palme, F.T. Pfeffer, I. Prix, H. Pöyliö, E. Saar, Ø.N. Wiborg

Contents:

Part I: Introduction
1. Compensation and other forms of accumulation in intergenerational social inequality
Jani Erola and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen

Part II: Intra-familial compensation
2. The role of economic and cultural resources in the intergenerational transmission of education in Estonia
Ellu Saar and Jelena Helemäe

3. Do families display compensatory behaviour following parental separation? A study of the impact of separation on family life by social background
Diederik Boertien

4. Parental responses to disadvantageous life events: The month of birth penalty in England
Michael Grätz and Fabrizio Bernardi

Part III: Extra-familial compensation
5. How do aunts and uncles compensate for low parental education in children’s educational attainment?
Hannu Lehti and Jani Erola

6. Does Donald need Uncle Scrooge? Extended-family wealth and children’s educational attainment in the United States
Irene Prix and Fabian Pfeffer

7. Family wealth and school grades in Norway: Exploring how immediate and extended family wealth matter for children’s school performance
Øyvind N. Wiborg

Part IV: Institutional compensation
8. Can adult education compensate for early disadvantages? The role of adult education in reducing inequalities for German men and women
Alessandra Minello and Hans-Peter Blossfeld

9. The multifaceted roles of the social investment state in compensating, accumulating and multiplying endowments over the life cycle
Olli Kangas, Joakim Palme and Markus Kainu

10. The impact of education and family policies on intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status in Europe
Heta Pöyliö and Johanna Kallio

Index