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Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941 - Study 2

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Zijdeman, RICHARD L. (ICS / Utrecht University) (): Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941 - Study 2. DANS. https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-xc4-vj4h

2010-04-23, 2010-04-23 Zijdeman, RICHARD L. (ICS / Utrecht University) 10.17026/dans-xc4-vj4h

Societies have distinct social structures and individuals are positioned within the structure, or hierarchy, of the society. The broad consensus within social science is that an individual's position is partially ascribed by their social background and partially by their own achievements. The relative influence of social background and personal achievement remains an empirical question. in a society where social background is relatively more important it is plausible that an individual will attain a status position that is similar to their parents. Conversely, in a society where personal achievement is more influential it is plausible that a greater degree of discrepancy between status position and social background may be observed.

This study examines the extent to which macro level developments have been able to shift the relative importance of background and achievement for status attainment in the Netherlands during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The present thesis distinguishes six macro level developments that are sometimes referred to as 'modernization': industrialization, educational expansion, mass communication, mass transportation, urbanization and in-migration. For each of the developments hypotheses are derived on how they influence status attainment through marriage as well as intergenerational status attainment.
The hypotheses are tested using hierarchical linear analyses. Large scale individual level datasets are augmented with contextual data on each of the macro level developments. The approach taken provides new insights in spatial and temporal variation in the status attainment process. Moreover, it allows hypotheses on 'modernization' to be tested on their home ground: in a period before and during industrialization.

 

The project 'Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941' gives access to the data of the following separate studies:

Study 1 - Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941

Subjects: Marriage Records 1811-1915 Zeeland 
 

Study 2 - Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941

Subjects: Municipality characteristics / Educational expansion / Higher education / Hoger middelbaar onderwijs


Study 3 - Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941

Subjects: Municipality Characteristics / Mass transport / Steam trains / Train stations / Railways


Study 4 - Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941

Subjects: Steam Engines


Study 5 - Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941

Subjects: Municipality Characteristics


Study 6 - Status Attainment in the Netherlands 1811-1941

Subjects:  Pupils secondary education in 1880-1881 and 1920