downward mobility

downward mobility

See under vertical mobility ( def 1 ).

downwardly mobile, adjective, noun Unabridged

vertical mobility

noun Sociology.
movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility) as by changing jobs or marrying.
cultural diffusion from one social level to another, as the adoption by one economic class of the fashions current or formerly current in a higher class. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
downward mobility
sociol Compare upward mobility horizontal mobility See also vertical mobility the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a lower status

vertical mobility
sociol Compare horizontal mobility upward mobility See also downward mobility the movement of individuals or groups to positions in society that involve a change in class, status, and power

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