Going Places: neighbourhood, ethnicity and social mobility
29 Mar 2006
Geographical mobility has always been important to achieving social mobility - both in the UK and internationally. People move to improve their conditions and obtain better life chances, for themselves and their children. But others do not have the resources to move, or do not want to abandon their roots and families. Public policy needs to address both mobility and lack of mobility.
What are the impacts of ethnicity and neighbourhood on individuals' life chances? When do origins and place create barriers to social mobility - or ladders of opportunity? What is the role for the welfare state in a mobile society? Drawing from the latest international research and following the agenda set at the 2005 Social Mobility and Life Chances Forum, leading authors from Europe and North America address issues including how place and ethnicity affect life chances.