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Life Trajectories in the Course of Globalization. On the Change of Social Inequalities in Modern Societies

Author(s): Sandra Buchholz, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Dirk Hofäcker, Kathrin Kolb
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the impact of globalization on personal life and work trajectories and the ensuing changes in the social models of inequalities in modern societies. Presented are the results of international research projects in which the development of life trajectories in the course of globalization are empirically traced for the first time. The authors show that globalization has different impacts during different phases of the life trajectory: while the life careers of men around the middle of their professional life prove, to a great extent, stable, serious changes are liable to occur foremost for young people at the start of their careers, women in the middle of their lives, and people in preretirement age. The authors demonstrate that the change provoked by the pressure of globalization does not lead to the same results in all modern societies. Rather, this process is “filtered” for each country through the respective national institutional structures, which in turn shape and influence in different ways the personal life trajectories and the social structures of inequalities in modern societies: while Scandinavian countries manage to limit the growing social inequalities in the course of globalization by means of the social commitment of the state, in other social regimes inequalities are growing between those included and excluded from the labour market (conservative and southern European countries), and between people occupied with different individual resources (the liberal countries).

  • Issue Year: 42/2010
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 7-31
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Bulgarian