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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