In 2014 it was agreed to add this to the Academy's portfolio of lectures. The lecture was first delivered in 2016.
Lecture in Sociology, delivered by Dr John Goldthorpe FBA, on 15 March 2016 (venue: The British Academy). Contrary to what is widely supposed in political and media circles, social class mobility in modern Britain is not in decline. A new pattern of mobility is however, emerging. Younger generations face less favourable mobility chances than did their parents or grandparents. This is essentially the result of class structural change. The underlying mobility regime remains remarkably constant. The key to increasing social mobility is often taken to lie in education. But the historical record indicates that the effect of educational expansion and reform on mobility processes and outcomes has in fact been very limited.