social mobility

[ soh-shuhl moh-bil-i-tee ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəl moʊˈbɪl ɪ ti /

noun

Sociology. the movement of people in a population, as from place to place, from job to job, or from one social class or level to another.

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Origin of social mobility

First recorded in 1925–30
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Cultural definitions for social mobility

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.

notes for social mobility

American society operates on the principle that an individual's achievements can be rewarded by upward social mobility.
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