Status Reproduction and the Effects of Further Training on Mobility

Becker, Rolf; Schömann, Klaus (2015). Status Reproduction and the Effects of Further Training on Mobility. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 44(4), pp. 272-291. Lucius & Lucius 10.1515/zfsoz-2015-0404

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Based on a life course perspective, this paper explores whether intergenerational status decline initiates employees’ participation in further vocational training. Additionally, it investigates whether further training compensates for status decline across generations and whether it contributes to decreasing the risk of such decline in the course of an occupational career. Results based on the German Life History Study of West German women and men from several birth cohorts observed between 1949 and 1999 indicate that status maintenance may be an important motivation for individuals who have experienced intergenerational status decline. By means of further training, these persons are able to compensate for downward mobility. Status consistent participants who undertake further training are more likely to be able to reduce the risk of intergenerational status decline than non-participants. Further vocational training supports status maintenance across generations.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Sociology of Education
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Becker, Rolf


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Lucius & Lucius




Rolf Becker

Date Deposited:

29 Jun 2016 14:18

Last Modified:

29 Jun 2016 14:18

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Berufliche Bildung; Berufliche Weiterbildung; Intergenerationale Mobilität; Berufsverlauf; Statuserhalt; Statusreproduktion; Lebensverlauf; Vocational Training; Further Training; Intergenerational Mobility; Occupational Career; Status Maintenance; Status Reproduction; Life Course


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