downward mobility noun
- See under .
Related formsdownwardly mobile, adjective vertical mobility noun Sociology.
- movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility), as by changing jobs or marrying.
- 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.
Compare. British Dictionary definitions for downward mobility downward mobility noun
- sociol the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a lower statusCompare See also ,
vertical mobility noun
- sociol the movement of individuals or groups to positions in society that involve a change in class, status, and powerCompare See also ,