An Accidental Utopia?: Social Mobility and the Foundations by Erik Olssen,Clyde Griffen

By Erik Olssen,Clyde Griffen

An unintentional Utopia? investigates a extra egalitarian previous at a time whilst New Zealand ranks fourth within the constructed global for social inequality. it's our first systematic research of city social constitution, concentrating on 3 significant sorts of mobility—marital, paintings existence, and intergenerational. this permits it to spot the special varieties taken via the capitalist type constitution in city New Zealand in the course of a formative historic interval, 1890–1940. through putting the research deep inside of a specific community—one of the 2 so much densely settled city components on the time—the booklet additionally demonstrates how colonists and their young ones made type much less vital to social association than it have been in Britain and likewise how humans created a class-based politics to guard and strengthen equality. The intimate account of political swap around the interval reinstates the significance of contextual research, displaying the necessity to learn the social and political jointly that allows you to clarify Liberal decline and the increase of Labour. In a comparative dialogue, the authors reveal the significance of dimension and scale not just to this subject yet to sociology and historical past quite often, as those helped to make southern Dunedin severe in developing New Zealand as one of many world's such a lot egalitarian societies. whereas category is their imperative concentration, the authors additionally convey how non secular and ethnic divisions have been rendered extra marginal than in city Britain or the united states. the ultimate bankruptcy asks to what volume the remarkably fluid social styles pointed out resulted from planned offerings made through the 1st settlers and their descendants. via interweaving classification and tradition, constitution and employer, the authors offer new insights into the making of contemporary New Zealand.

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