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social mobility

mobility (def 2).
Origin of social mobility
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • social mobility was most possible in the towns, where distinctions were usually only of wealth.

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the ability of individuals or groups to move within a social hierarchy with changes in income, education, occupation, etc.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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social mobility definition

The ability of individuals or groups to move upward or downward in status based on wealth, occupation, education, or some other social variable.

Note: American society operates on the principle that an individual's achievements can be rewarded by upward social mobility.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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