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intergenerational mobility (intergenerational social mobility)

Definition of Intergenerational Mobility

(noun) The changes in status between individuals of different generations of a family.

Intergenerational Mobility Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: in·ter·gen·er·a·tion·al mo·bil·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /in-tuhr-jen-uhr-rAY-shuhn-l moh-bIl-uh-tee/
  • British English – /in-tuh-je-nuh-rAY-shuh-nuhl moh-bIl-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˌɪntɚˌdʒɛnɚˈɹeɪʃənl̩ moˈbɪlətɪ/
  • British English: /ˌɪntəˌdʒenəˈɹeɪʃ(ə)nəl məʊˈbɪlɪtɪ/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: intergenerational mobilities
  • The terms “intergenerational mobility” and “intergenerational social mobility” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Intergenerational mobility is contrasted to intragenerational mobility.
  • Variant spelling: inter-generational mobility

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Cite the Definition of Intergenerational Mobility

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “intergenerational mobility.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/intergenerational-mobility/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “intergenerational mobility.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/intergenerational-mobility/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“intergenerational mobility.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/intergenerational-mobility/>.