ver'tical mobil'ity

1. movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility), as by changing jobs or marrying.
2. 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. Cf. horizontal mobility.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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