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social mobility

The upward or downward movement of individuals or groups into different positions in a social hierarchy based on wealth, income, occupation, education, social power, or any other scarce social resources. A society with a high rate of social mobility and good opportunities for upward social mobility is not egalitarian but does maximize opportunities for one individual or group to get more of the society's scarce resources than other individuals or groups can get.
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