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Diverging Pathways
Social Structure and Career Deflections

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James S. Coleman
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033206

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  • Diverging Pathways follows the careers of a British birth cohort into early adulthood, presenting a detailed picture of the family backgrounds and the school and early labor force achievements of the cohort. The study portrays how the social arrangements of society's institutions deflect people's achievement patterns. Different kinds of schools, ability groups within schools, and industrial and firm differences lead comparable individuals to achieve at very different levels in society, and the book shows that the cumulative effects of being placed in advantaged or disadvantaged locations make their achievements highly divergent in adulthood. The study reports on major career differences between men and women and describes how the interface between post-secondary education and the labor force alters some of the outcomes of elementary and secondary schooling.

    • Shows how early social and educational advantages can be deflected by later experience in the work place
    • Follows the careers of a 1958 British birth cohort to the age of 23
    • Should be of interest to sociologists, psychologists (social and developmental) and education specialists
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    "An exemplar of the new genre of status attainment studies which accord socialization and allocation processes coequal standing, Diverging Pathways takes social structure seriously....A brief review couldn't possibly do justice to the book's findings....[T]he overriding message of Diverging Pathways is that school and labor market structures are of great consequence and its evidence on this score seems to me quite compelling." Karl L. Alexander, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

    "RDiverging Pathways will become a `must read' for anyone interested in the issue of ability groupings within schools, and thAimpact of such groupings on academic achievement." Kris Magnusson, The Journal of Educational Thought

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033206
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.426kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 42 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    Foreword James S. Coleman
    1. Institutional structure and achievement
    2. Tracing a British birth cohort
    3. Elementary school: the opening wedge
    4. Secondary school: increased dispersion
    5. Alternative pathways after secondary school
    6. Randomization and consolidation in the labour force
    7. Structural linkages, careers and career lines
    8. The cumulative effects of structure
    9. Structural differentiation: necessary evil or policy instrument?
    Appendix: description of variables
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Alan C. Kerckhoff, Duke University, North Carolina


    James S. Coleman

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