Classes on the Move: The Everyday Experiences of Social Mobility

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 14:30-16:20
RC28 Social Stratification (host committee)

Language: English

Social mobility has always been a major theme in international sociology. In this session, instead of relying on social mobility rates to investigate the phenomenon in a macro-societal perspective, we are interested in how social mobility is lived at the individual level. We solicit submissions exploring individuals’ reaction, coping, adjustment, resistance, performance, negotiation, and reproduction of their social mobility experiences in different social fields including, but not limited to, the marketplace, workplace, cultural practices, and education. The mobility trajectory can be upward, downward, or horizontal (e.g., identity change in relocation), and can be measured objectively by variables such as occupation and income, or subjectively by individuals’ interpretation and alternative definitions. We welcome submissions that employ a dynamic view to interpret the socioeconomic meanings behind individuals’ everyday practices, to examine the day-to-day mechanisms that reproduce individuals’ social position, and to evaluate how costs and the benefits brought by social mobility could influence individuals’ identity and socioeconomic well-being.
Session Organizer:
Wei-Fen CHEN, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Wei-Fen CHEN, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Oral Presentations
Class Mobility, Migration, and Social Processes: Hong Kong Middle Classes in Canada
Lake LUI, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong; Sara CURRAN, University of Washington, USA
Female Migrants Entrepreneurs and Their Social Mobility
Petra DANNECKER, University of Vienna, Austria
The Broken Promise of Meritocracy? German Middle-Class Perceptions of Upward Social Mobility in the Era of Rising Inequality
Sarah LENZ, Basel University, Switzerland; Patrick SACHWEH, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Unpacking the Social and Spatial Mobility Nexus: Migrants’ Mobility Trajectories and Their Perceptions of Social Positions
Joanna Jadwiga SIENKIEWICZ, Bielefeld University, Germany; Inka STOCK, Bielefeld University, Germany
Distributed Papers
Academics from Working Class and Impoverished Backgrounds: “You Always Remain Slightly an Outsider, and That's Not a Bad Thing.”
Bea WATERFIELD, Western University, Canada; Tameera MOHAMED, Dalhousie University, Canada; Merlinda WEINBERG, Dalhousie University, Canada