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horizontal mobility

noun, Sociology
movement from one position to another within the same social level, as changing jobs without altering occupational status, or moving between social groups having the same social status.
cultural diffusion within the same social level, as the spread of fashion within one economic class. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for horizontal mobility

horizontal mobility

(sociol) the movement of groups or individuals to positions that differ from those previously held but do not involve any change in class, status, or power Compare vertical mobility See also upward mobility, downward mobility
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