Re: perceptions of occupational prestige

Mike Procter (
Mon, 03 Apr 1995 10:19:20 +0100

Disclaimer time: it's not my field, so I'm certainly not up to date.
However, not everyone in the 'trad literature' may know of the Project on
Occupational Cognition, in which the key references are a series of
monographs by Tony Coxon (now at Essex UK) and Charles Jones (now Carleton
Canada, I think), published by Macmillan in 1978-9. The main distinctive
point was that they didn't assume a single preference structure -- used
INDSCAL to map these. The last of their books was called _Measurement and

>Dear Folk,
> Oxley brain-picking again. Actually it don't go all one way; I DO
>send things TO people who come up on the network with queries &/or common
>interests. Just send them to the people concerned and not all over the
> OK. Student doing a little ethnography of a hotel came up with some
>fine examples of the minutiae of claims to prestige by occupation. This
>job gets more money than that one or has more autonomy, obviously enough,
>jostling together the only slightly less obvious bits about whether the
>task is traditionally menial (as with cleaners) or not or whether it
>involves kow-towing to the Almighty Customer, some quite surprising ones
>like cleaners who regularly clean on a higher floor claiming a prestige
>increment over those who clean on lower floors. And so on and so on. Good
>stirring stuff.
> I am hunting up the trad sociology of this area (or at least the
>recent stuff - not on "prestige ratings" but on reasons why) but it struck
>me that this sort of thing is like I nowadays find practically every sort
>of thing in being all very much about CONSTRUCTS.
> Anyone know anything reasonably recent on job prestige from the pcp
>angle? Any information much appreciated.
> Harry Oxley
>PS; that stuff on whether Kelly had or had not rejected his own grid in
>later life (like those disputes about whether some lifelong atheist Found
>God on his deathbed) was a lot of fun. Jolly good stuff!
>Harry Oxley

Mike Procter
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University of Surrey
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