Social Mobility and Wellbeing: Does 'Moving Up' Lead to Better Health?

rags to riches

Karin Eli (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford)

and

Stanley Ulijaszek (Professor of Human Ecology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford)

Social mobility and wellbeing: does ‘moving up’ lead to better health?

In this presentation, we will examine associations between social class in childhood, social class in adulthood, and adult wellbeing, as measured through a new socio-epidemiological questionnaire developed at the School of Anthropology in collaboration with the Oxford BioBank. The discussion will focus on how classed childhood experiences, including social mobility, may mediate, and even invert, expected relationships between health and adult social class, with particular attention to body weight, eating practices, and distress.

 

Humanities & Identities

Rags to Riches?: Experiences of Social Mobility since 1800

Contact name: Christina de Bellaigue

Contact email: christina.debellaigue@history.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all

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