An Accidental Utopia? Social Mobility & the Foundation of an Egalitarian Society

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An Accidental Utopia?: Social Mobility and the Foundations of an Egalitarian Society, 1880-1940

ISBN: 9781877372643
Authors(s): Erik Olssen Clyde Griffen Frank Jones

About An Accidental Utopia?: Social Mobility and the Foundations of an Egalitarian Society, 1880-1940:

An Accidental Utopia? investigates a more egalitarian past at a time when New Zealand ranks fourth in the developed world for social inequality. It is our first systematic analysis of urban social structure, focusing on three major forms of mobility – marital, worklife and intergenerational. This enables it to identify the distinctive forms taken by the capitalist class structure in urban New Zealand during a formative historical period, 1890-1940. By placing the analysis deep within a particular community – one of the two most densely settled urban areas at the time – the book also demonstrates how colonists and their children made class less central to social organisation than it had been in Britain and also how people created a class-based politics to protect and advance equality. The intimate account of political change across the period reinstates the importance of contextual analysis, showing the need to analyse the social and political together in order to explain Liberal decline and the rise of Labour.

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No of pages: 300
Published as: Paperback
Genre: Social Studies: General