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upward mobility

See under vertical mobility (def 1).
Origin of upward mobility
First recorded in 1945-50
Related forms
upwardly mobile, adjective

vertical mobility

noun, Sociology.
movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility) as by changing jobs or marrying.
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. Unabridged
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  • Many of its top citizenry had reached their positions by hard work applied to opportunities for upward mobility.

British Dictionary definitions for upward mobility

upward mobility

(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

(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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