By A. Halsey
This ebook tells the tale of adjustments within the social constitution of england from 1900 to the mid Eighties. It accommodates and is a sequel to tendencies in British Society considering the fact that 1900, a compilation via a distinguishd crew of social scientists on the college of Oxford, and the one accomplished choice of British social statistics for the 20th century as a whole.
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Secondly, successive governments were not prepared to legislate for anything which could be termed 'radical' change (London, possibly, apart). Modification there was, but most of it was directed at keeping up with the trends in urbanisation, discussed earlier in this chapter. As the 'bricks-and-mortar' approach to urbanisation was superseded by the 'sociogeographic' concept so, too, the principle of an 14 British Social Trends since 1900 urban-rural dichotomy in local administration was increasingly questioned, for example, in the Redcliffe-Maud Report.
6 What is a society? But what groups are of sociological importance? What notion of structure and change would be adequate to prescribe the scope and character of statistics to be collected, either officially or academically? This question is the first to confront anyone who tries to devise a book like this one but there is little agreement amongst sociologists about the definition of their own subject. What T. B. Bottomore wrote in 1962 is still true, 'The fundamental conception, or directing idea, in sociology is that of social structure' 7 but 'while many useful distinctions have been made, an adequate classification of societies, social groups and social relationships has still not appeared'.
5. More men and women in adult education. 6. More children in extended schooling. 7. A population with higher formal qualifications. Statistics taken from the various editions of Social Trends confirm these expectations. Between the end of the war and the mid-1980s the proportion of economically-active women has risen from just over a third to nearly half, and the proportion of economically-active married women, albeit mainly in parttime jobs, has more than doubled. In the same period fertility, though reaching a peak in 1964, has fallen below replacement levels and the proportion of illegitimate births has multiplied by four.
British Social Trends since 1900: A Guide to the Changing Social Structure of Britain by A. Halsey