horizontal mobility (horizontal social mobility)

(noun) An individual’s or group’s (e.g., family) change in position within the stratification system that does not change the original level of class, power, or status.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: horizontal mobilities
  • The terms social mobility and horizontal social mobility are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Horizontal mobility can include slightly better benefits or pay without changing a person’s overall position in the class structure.

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How to Cite the Definition of Horizontal Mobility

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “horizontal mobility.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/horizontal-mobility/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

horizontal mobility. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/horizontal-mobility/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “horizontal mobility.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/horizontal-mobility/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“horizontal mobility.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/horizontal-mobility/>.