The aim of this paper is to outline the characteristic patterns of the occupational evolution of the Jews in Italy during the pesent century and to discern recent occupational trends; it also attempts to point out the main methodological problems of studying occupational mobility within small minorities. Four issues are stressed: (a) the influence of environmental factors - such as socio-economic trends, traditional habits, demographic hehaviour, historical evolution and events on the patterns of an "open" minority (sub-population); (b) the influence of intervening external factors -such as immigration from abroad - which may change the internal structure of the subpopulation; (c) the influence of the differential effect of the above factors on the component sections within the sub-population; (d) thence, the necessity of refining techniques for analysis of the problems mentioned above in order to adjust them to the special conditions and characteristics of the minority groups under investigation.
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Sabatello, Eitan F. Occupational Patterns and Intergenerational Mobility of the Jews in Italy. Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography). Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry,World Union of Jewish Studies. 1973: