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upward mobility

noun
1.
See under vertical mobility (def 1).
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
upwardly mobile, adjective, noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for upward mobility

upward mobility

noun
1.
(sociol) the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a position of increased status or power Compare downward mobility See also horizontal mobility, vertical mobility

vertical mobility

noun
1.
(sociol) the movement of individuals or groups to positions in society that involve a change in class, status, and power Compare horizontal mobility See also upward mobility, downward mobility
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upward mobility in Culture

upward mobility definition


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

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