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Understanding Social Change

Anthony F. Heath, John Ermisch, and Duncan Gallie


These chapters not only describe the major changes in British society in recent years, but seek to understand and explain what is happening in British society. One of the themes running through this book is that, while there have been rapid changes in overall levels, there have been slower changes in relativities, and this analytical distinction is absolutely fundamental to a proper understanding of contemporary society. The book also considers the wide variety of mechanisms that underlie these changes, in particular processes of social interaction. The complex and often ill-understood nature ... More

Keywords: British society, social interaction, causal mechanisms, social reform, education, gender inequalities, ethnic inequalities, policy, social action, sociological research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263143
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony F. Heath, editor
Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy

John Ermisch, editor
Professor of Sociology, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex; Fellow of the British Academy

Duncan Gallie, editor
Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy

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