upward mobility


Definition of upward mobility

: the capacity or facility for rising to a higher social or economic position

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upwardly mobile adjective

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In addition, the report found that areas with greater devaluation are more segregated and produce less upward mobility for black children. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Homes owned by black Americans undervalued by billions, says report," 27 Nov. 2018 Both white and black residents of Atlanta have low upward mobility, for instance. charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s poor struggle to advance | Charlotte Observer," 16 Apr. 2018 The growth provides upward mobility for supervisors as the management team for each new location is promoted from within. Michael L. Jackson, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2018: Crew Carwash," 10 June 2018 Research tells us that lead in soil and old paint hurts kids’ chances for upward mobility in life, and so the solution is to invest in lead abatement. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018 This system of contractual slavery, which combines mass incarceration with the old plantation regime in a context of free consumer choice, doesn’t much worry Cassius, whose upward mobility accelerates at his new job. New York Times, "Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire?," 2 July 2018 Winning will, of course, encourage upward mobility. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Victory at Kentucky Speedway would be 'biggest win ever' for Ben Rhodes," 9 July 2018 Those grads felt highly stressed about not finding work commensurate with their education, which their families had believed would be the ticket to upward mobility, and several cried during their interviews, Steffy said. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, The Seattle Times, "Settling for a survival job right out of college can hurt your career for years," 22 June 2018 This is a surprising deal considering Exum's injury history and the market factors involved, but less so in light of Utah's need for upward mobility. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Under-the-Radar Grades," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of upward mobility

1949, in the meaning defined above

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