CitationDechter, Aimée R. & Elder, Glen H., Jr. (2004). World War II Mobilization in Men's Work Lives: Continuity or Disruption for the Middle Class?. American Journal of Sociology, 110(3), 761-793. PMCID: PMC5027899
AbstractThe labor needs of World War II fueled a growing demand for both military and war industry personnel. This longitudinal study investigates mobilization into these competing activities and their work life effects among men from themiddle class. Hazard estimates show significant differences in wartime activities across occupations, apart from other deferment criteria. By war’s end, critical employment, in contrast to military service, is positively associated with supervisory responsibility for younger men and with occupation change. This empoloyment does not predict postwar career advancement up to the 1970s. By comparison, men who were officers had a “pipeline” to advancement after the war, whereas other service men fared worse than nonveterans.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleAmerican Journal of Sociology
Author(s)Dechter, Aimée R.
Elder, Glen H., Jr.