Effects of Community on Status Attainment

Moshe Semyonov*

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The major objective of the research reported here is to investigate the significance and meaning of the contextual effects of communities on individuals’ opportunities for socioeconomic attainment. A model which incorporates both individuals and their communities is proposed and tested. The empirical test was done by using samples of the Israeli labor force population. The findings demonstrate that community has significant effects on individuals’ attainment. Community seems to be an additional factor that affects social mobility and as such an important dimension of the stratification system. Characteristics defining the social context of the community as an opportunity structure are identified and their significance discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-372
Number of pages14
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1981
Externally publishedYes


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