Meaning of vertical mobility

ver'tical mobil'ity

Pronunciation: [key]
— Sociol. Sociol.
  1. movement from one social level to a higher oneor a lower oneas 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. Cf.
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