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Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas

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VIDAL, Frédéric. Factors of social differentiation in Alcântara at the beginning of the 20th century: an analysis of declarations of occupation. Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas [online]. 2004, n.45, pp.53-70. ISSN 0873-6529.

Is it possible to reconstitute forms of social stratification by means of registers of birth and baptism? Using data from a study of the inhabitants of the Alcântara neighbourhood in Lisbon at the turn of the 20th century, this article proposes to argue that occupational status plays a dominant role in the development of factors of distinction between individuals or groups of individuals. However, a close examination of the way occupational status is self-designated leads to a reformulation of the hypothesis in which greater emphasis must be placed on the interaction between social factors of distinctions (occupational status and residential mobility, for example).

Keywords : Occupation; city; social stratification; civil registry.

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