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social mobility

noun
1.
mobility (def 2).
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Examples from the web for social mobility
  • All political leaders in advanced democracies are concerned with prosperity, economic opportunity, social mobility.
  • Prospects for upward social mobility and meaningful political reform were nonexistent.
  • Education is the engine of social mobility, and it's sputtering.
  • Kids do better in school, and social mobility is higher.
  • Even more controversially, he has suggested they encourage social mobility.
  • One answer could be that the maths-heavy system is no longer a guarantor of social mobility.
  • Too little capacity hampers social mobility more than high tuition fees.
  • But disturbingly, there are signs that social mobility is dwindling.
  • It can boost social mobility and allow all sorts of weird and wonderful talents to bloom.
  • Comparison with a largely open system with easy social mobility is misleading.
Contemporary definitions for social mobility
noun

the ability of individuals or groups to move within a social hierarchy with changes in income, education, occupation, etc.

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social mobility in Culture

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.
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Encyclopedia Article for social mobility

movement of individuals, families, or groups through a system of social hierarchy or stratification. If such mobility involves a change in position, especially in occupation, but no change in social class, it is called "horizontal mobility." An example would be a person who moves from a managerial position in one company to a similar position in another. If, however, the move involves a change in social class, it is called "vertical mobility" and involves either "upward mobility" or "downward mobility." An industrial worker who becomes a wealthy businessman moves upward in the class system; a landed aristocrat who loses everything in a revolution moves downward in the system

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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