Definition of Downward Mobility
(noun) An individual’s or group’s (e.g., family) fall within the hierarchy that decreases their level of class, power, or status.
Downward Mobility Pronunciation
Syllabification: down·ward mo·bil·i·ty
- American English – /dOUn-wuhrd moh-bIl-uh-tee/
- British English – /dOUn-wuhd moh-bIl-i-tee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈdaʊnwərd moʊˈbɪləti/
- British English – /ˈdaʊnwəd məʊˈbɪlɪti/
- Plural: downward mobilities
- The terms “downward mobility” and “downward social mobility” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
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Cite the Definition of Downward Mobility
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “downward mobility.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/downward-mobility/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
downward mobility. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/downward-mobility/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “downward mobility.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/downward-mobility/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“downward mobility.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/downward-mobility/>.