Modernization and occupational status attainment in the Netherlands, 1811-1915
Sociology and Social Research
Intergenerational social mobility
Occupational status attainment
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AbstractThis paper investigates to what extent modernization processes in the Netherlands can explain status attainment among men over the 19th century. More than 500 municipalities in five Dutch provinces in the period of 1811-1915 are under the scope of the analysis. The data are derived from the Genlias dataset which contains all marital records in the 19th and early 20th century yielding 467,824 observations for the analysis. The present analysis demonstrates that modernization processes did not decrease the direct influence of father’s occupational status on son’s occupational status. This research casts light on the drawbacks of the modernization theory, argues in favor of the status maintenance theory and suggests that agricultural performance and religious composition can be successfully employed as explanatory variables of social mobility in the 19th century.