upward mobility

upward mobility

noun
See under vertical mobility ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1945–50

upwardly mobile, adjective, noun
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vertical mobility

noun Sociology.
1.
movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility) as by changing jobs or marrying.
2.
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.
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upward mobility
 
n
sociol Compare downward mobility horizontal mobility See also vertical mobility the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a position of increased status or power

vertical mobility
 
n
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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upward mobility definition


Rising from a lower to a higher social class or status. (See also social mobility.)

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