Homeownership and Social Stratification
Current research on social stratification is largely focused on social classes, defined on an occupational basis, and on the transmission of human capital as a relevant strategy for the reproduction of social advantages and social mobility. Both the link to the labour market and education are core elements in social stratification. However other resources and processes are not negligible. The paper discusses the relevance of housing wealth and of the intergenerational transmission of home ownership in the structuring of social inequality. A theoretical framework for an integration of this theme within social stratification is depicted, considering both the legacy of the classics and contemporary research issues.