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social mobility

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noun
  1. mobility(def 2).

Origin of social mobility

First recorded in 1925–30
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social mobility in Culture

social mobility

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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