Foundational Knowlege: Social Mobility

Climbing the socioeconomic ladder

Derby Roan, Copy Editor

Social mobility is any change in social class. In societies with significant economic inequality, it’s important to have high social mobility to eventually balance the inequality. In a 2009 study, the United States, Wilkinson and Pickett stated that our economic inequality was the highest, while our social mobility was the lowest of the eight countries surveyed.
The most common ways to change social classes are by getting a different job or marriage. The most common indicator of class is wealth, though literacy, education and health may also play a role. In the U.S., most people are statistically stuck in the social class they’re born in, but that doesn’t mean that some hard workers won’t climb the social ladder, or that some unfortunate souls may fall down in.

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