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downward mobility

n
(Sociology) sociol the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a lower status. Compare upward mobility See also horizontal mobility, vertical mobility
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ver′tical mobil′ity



n.
movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility).
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For Yang, these two extremes are in fact related phenomena, and her study deftly traces the roots of middle-class anxieties regarding downward mobility back to the very processes that fueled growth in the 1960s and 1970s.
As the book explains the causes of present-day regressive modernization and downward mobility in Germany, it also points to the simultaneous decline in political stability.
Not only has downward mobility become more evident but the poor get poorer, the rich get richer, the older get tenure, the younger join the precariat.
Consequently, people at the bottom who are denied access to a quality education are prevented from achieving upward mobility, and people at the top who gain such access are unfairly insulated from experiencing downward mobility.
Morga was obviously fascinated with the social organization of the natives; he described origins, differences, privileges of social classes, upward and downward mobility, inheritance of possessions and titles.
Further, Carroll, Hoffman, and Young show that while there are variations of the model that can produce the amount of upward mobility observed in the data, they still fall short in delivering the right amount of downward mobility.
Of course, we do have downward mobility of a sort in the UK but it reinforces inequalities in areas other than social class.
They blame globalization for damaging their livelihoods and economic prospects, and they seek an enemy-some 'other'-whom they can vilify for the uncertainty and downward mobility they have experienced.
It would mean facing up to the fact that, in resettling the patterns of advantage and disadvantage, we would need substantial downward mobility for some, as well as plenty of others moving up.
Meanwhile, in a post-2008 recession economy, the young demographic that Girls depicts is experiencing downward mobility, which I measure here through economic indicators such as high unemployment rates and extended length of time to achieve traditional markers of adulthood.