The Son Also Rises
- Surnames and the History of Social Mobility
- Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
- Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 19-03-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Clark examines and compares surnames in such diverse cases as modern Sweden, 14th-century England, and Qing Dynasty China. He demonstrates how fate is determined by ancestry and that almost all societies - as different as the modern United States, Communist China, and modern Japan - have similarly low social mobility rates. These figures are impervious to institutions, and it takes hundreds of years for descendants to shake off the advantages and disadvantages of their ancestors. For these reasons, Clark contends that societies should act to limit the disparities in rewards between those of high and low social rank.
Challenging popular assumptions about mobility and revealing the deeply entrenched force of inherited advantage, The Son Also Rises is sure to prompt intense debate for years to come.
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By Joanna on 25-02-16
Each chapter largely felt like a repeat of the first. The text is also not very suited to an audio format as there are so many references to graphs. In addition, some of the mispronunciation (such as of Govan and Edinburgh) was bothersome. If a UK author's work is going to be narrated by an American, care should be taken to get these British place-names right.
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