Investigating a Social Issue - Social Mobility

In: Social Issues

Submitted By mgonzales
Words 1311
Pages 6
Describe how society defines the social issue.
So, what is Social Mobility? First, let’s go to its technical or dictionary definition. Social mobility is the movement of people from one social class or economic level to another (“Social Mobility”, Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2nd Edition). This term is widely used both in Sociology and Economics. It usually refers to vertical movement or moving up or down in rank. For example, if a soldier becomes a sergeant from a corporal, that would be vertical movement. However, it may also refer to horizontal movement or moving from one rank to another of the same social level. Example of this would be a principal who resigns from one school to become the principal of another school.
With this definition in mind, we can see that Social Mobility is “movement”. The technical definition doesn’t restrict about the direction – whether you move up or down or just within what’s mentioned before as horizontal movement. Social Mobility is a term used in the objective comparison of economic or social states. Looking at the events around us, we can see that people care more about upward movement. When people talk about Social Mobility, they are likely referring to progress or development. Everyone wants to move up. Like what we commonly see in families. Almost everyone gives importance to good education. Parents keep reminding their children to be good in their studies so they can have good jobs. People want the opportunity to move up. People believe that progress is something that should be given in equal opportunities to us. People want to go up, as a group or as individuals. This is the reason why studies concerning Social Mobility stem to studies of inequality (Breen & Jonsson, 2005).
As I see it, the society mostly measures the social class that one belongs to in financial terms. Social classification all boils down through…...

Similar Documents

Social Issues

...Male vs Female : Social Issues Nowadays, social issues in our country become widely and it’s out of our control. The globalization makes our world become smaller and all the information could be easily to get by computers or which means emerge as internet. Social problems become more serious because bad things from other countries enter to ours. There are also has a good cultures however it also have bad things cultures that can influence to ours especially among teenagers. Most young generations cannot identify and also can’t analyze what are the different between good and bad things. They’re thinking speculation is far away from what adults do. The bad things that affect them could be eliminate the moral values for young generation. However, it’s not just among teenagers which means opposite sex such as male and female but almost many stage of people have this kind problem of social issues. To begin with, social issues are considered to affect the people of the society either directly or indirectly. The main things is, some people thought that it is from male carriage this kind of issues. For an example, a gay among of teenagers. Gay is the relationship within the same sex that involves man with man relation. When talking about same-sex relation, what comes in people’s mind is abnormal relationship. The first factor that caused this problem is biological influence. Therefore, natural biological is one of the reason why they get involve in gay. However, everyone knows......

Words: 786 - Pages: 4

Investigating a Social Issue

...Investigating a Social Issue Brandy West Professor Fass SOC100: Introduction to Sociology December 7, 2012 For this assignment I chose to investigate the issue of poverty and how it affects young children. In the dictionary poverty is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. According to our textbook, there is relative or absolute poverty. Relative poverty means the some people lack resources that are taken for granted by others. This type of poverty exists in every society. Absolute poverty is a lack of resources that is life threatening. (Macionis, 307) The issue of poverty falls into the sociological term, global stratification, patterns of social inequality in the world as a whole. (Macionis, 300). The article that I have chosen is “The Effects of Poverty on Children” written by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Greg Duncan. They go into detail about how family poverty is associated with a child’s health, achievement, and behavior. It is said that death comes early in poor societies because families lack the income to provide adequate food, safe water, secure housing, etc. (Macionis, 309) When a child lives in poverty it can affect them in many different ways. According to a table produced by Gunn & Duncan poor children suffer higher incidences of adverse health, developmental, other outcomes than non-poor children. (Gunn & Duncan, 58) I believe that sometimes when children grow up poor they......

Words: 771 - Pages: 4

Social Issues

...Dimensions of Social Inequality Julie McElwain Park University Abstract Social inequality is how different categories of individuals are prescribed by the society. The society uses basic characteristics such as gender, sex, education, and ethnicity among other factors in order to categorize an individual. The social inequalities determine the access to limited goods such as market labor force, education, health care facilities, and other forms of participation in the society. Different forms of social inequalities are constructs of geographical distribution, and status within the country, however, cultural aspects, mostly integrated with cultural identities, of society are perceived to be the major contributor of social inequality. Discourses have, therefore, been raised on whether the poor deserve to be poor or not and whether the rich deserve to be rich or not. In order to address this question, I examined different dimensions of social inequalities in my life such as social class, educational level, and race among other factors. In this paper, I will also try to bring out understanding of different theories in attempt to explain social stratification. A comparison will be done between different perspectives through interviews and my own perspective of social inequalities. In essence all factors discussed in this paper show a link between social inequalities and different factors such as economic and political system. Trends such as widening......

Words: 3161 - Pages: 13

Social Issues

...Social stratification exists in America because the wealth and power belongs to a small portion of the population. Wealthy people possess an enormous amount of power over the political system and are held in high esteem by our society. There is a general feeling that those who are wealthy and powerful are superior to the average person. Social stratification involves not only socio-economic inequality, but the belief system held by people in America. A stratified society exists when there is an unequal distribution of wealth, power and prestige. In American society, political power and wealth are not distributed equally (Johnson, 1996). Paul Krugman is an economist and author of the book, 'The Spiral of Inequality' (1996). Krugman believes corporate greed, the decline of organized labor and changes in the way goods are produced are the causes of the growing social and economic inequality in the United States (Anderson, 2003). There is an unspoken general agreement in America that certain occupations deserve higher wages and more respect. Professions, such as physicians, lawyers, athletes and actors, are held in high esteem, whereas custodians, waitresses and trash collectors are considered professions that are not worthy of respect or praise and require minimal skill or intelligence. America most definitely needs skilled physicians and lawyers, but it also needs custodians, trash collectors and others who perform much needed tasks in order for society to thrive and function...

Words: 3589 - Pages: 15

Social Mobility Paper

... Social Mobility Paper Willie J. Williams Jr. University of Phoenix/Sociology 100 Becky Russell December 14, 2009 “Introduction” Citizens can move up or down the social ladder throughout their existence or from one generation to the next. Everyone is offered the same chance and opportunity at improving their lives socially and the way each generation handles adversity lies behind the idea of equal opportunity and how you utilize your god giving talents. Social Mobility Social Mobility is measure in one by seeing whether rich parents give birth to rich kids and poor parents give birth to poor kids, or see if the incomes of parents and their children are distinct. Can children of poor parents become rich? It looks as though the American Dream is far more likely to remain a mirage for Americans than it is for citizens residing in other countries. A larger disparity of results seems to make it effortless for wealthy parents to leave their advantages. While income differences have expanded in the USA as well as Britain, social mobility has slowed up. Bigger incomes contrasts can make it tougher to attain opportunity fairness because they amplify social class segregation and possibly bigotry. Willie James Williams Sr. Willie James Williams Sr.; born the 3rd child of Frank and Alma Williams on the 4th of July, 1939. He didn’t get to know his father like most sons do, because his father was killed on the train tracks of Sylacauga, Alabama. The cause of death was stated in a...

Words: 1390 - Pages: 6

Social Mobility Paper

...Social Mobility Paper Lori Bair University of Phoenix Soc/100 Dr. Audrey Morrissette, PhD. July 27, 2010 Workshop #5 Social Mobility Social mobility refers to the degree to which an individual's family or group's social status can change throughout the course of their lives through a system of social hierarchy or stratification. Social mobility refers to the likelihood that a child will grow up into adulthood and attain a higher level of economic and social wellbeing than his/her family of origin (Little, D. 2009). The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the similarities and differences between myself, my parents and my grandparents in regard to various stratification variables such as: education, religion, income, occupation, area of residence, consumption patterns, and political participation. What caused the differences, have they changed or influenced my attitudes and behaviors. Last I will explain how these differences change my life from how it was when I was young. Similarities and Differences The similarities between my parents and me are obtaining our high school diploma, attended college, stable job, and always had income. The similarities between my grandparents and me are getting our high school diploma, attend church service, Republican Party and always had income. The differences between my parent and I are we don’t believe in the same......

Words: 796 - Pages: 4

Social Issue

...A social issue (also called a social problem or a social ill) is an issue that relates to society's perception of people's personal lives. Different societies have different perceptions and what may be "normal" behaviour in one society may be a significant social issue in another society. Social issues are distinguished from economic issues. Some issues have both social and economic aspects, such asimmigration. There are also issues that don't fall into either category, such as wars. Thomas Paine, in Rights of Man and Common Sense, addresses man's duty to "allow the same rights to others as we allow ourselves". The failure to do so causes the birth of a social issue. Personal issues versus social issues[edit] Personal issues are those that individuals deal with themselves and within a small range of their peers and relationships.[1] On the other hand, social issues threaten values cherished by widespread society.[1] For example, the unemployment rate of 7.8 percent[2] in the U.S. as of October 2012 is a social issue. The line between a personal issue and a public issue may be subjective, however, when a large enough sector of society is affected by an issue, it becomes a social issue. Although one person fired is not a social issue, the repercussions of 13 million people being fired is likely to generate social issues. Caste system[edit] Caste system in India resulted in most oppressed Untouchables on earth for the past 3000 years . UK recently banned caste......

Words: 789 - Pages: 4

Social Mobility

...SOCIAL MOBILITY Since the ancient times, humans have been living in a society were in a social stratification is observed. Moreover, in a social stratification an equal opportunity for social mobility is given in each individual. Social Mobility pertains to the movement of a person from a social status to another social status. This movement can be either upward or downward, depending on whether people rise to higher status or fall to lower ones. Intergenerational mobility is one of the focuses of the study of sociologist. Intergenerational mobility is the upward or downward movement of the hierarchy by the family members from one generation to another. The amount of this movement – which occurs, for example, when a janitor’s son becomes a doctor, or a doctor’s child becomes a janitor- tells how rigidly inequality is structured into society. In other words, social mobility refers to the relative movement of an individual, family, or group, up or down the stratification system of the society. There are two types of social mobility; vertical mobility and horizontal mobility. Types of Social Mobility I. Vertical Mobility refers to downward or upward movement in social rank, which occurs when there is a major change in wealth, prestige or power. When a person is said to move upward, this means that there is an increase in level of wealth through job promotion, small-scale businesses that have prospered. This change is symbolized by setting up residence in an affluent......

Words: 445 - Pages: 2

Investigating a Social Issue

...Assignment 2: Investigate a Social Issue Sherard Mitchell Professor Gortney SOC100 Strayer University September 10, 13 Social issues we come across them everyday in our every day lives at work, on T.V. and even in Church. However before I get to a particular issue we have to know what a social issues is first. Social issues are political debates involving moral judgments about how people should live. The social issue that interests me is “Racism”. Racism have always been a social problem that has been around throughout different parts of history. Even dating back to biblical times racism has been relevant. My personal definition of Racism would be. The dislike of a person, by another because of their skin color; language customs. Racism exists in different ways. It can be individual, institutional, cultural, religion racism and so forth. In Merriam Webster its says Racism can be defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. Now that you know what racism is let me tell you a little something about its. Today overt racism in this country has decreased because more people believe in evaluating other by the content of their character (Macionis, 2010). Describe how your issue fits into the field of sociology. Which sociological theories and terminology from the text apply to your social issue? There are several......

Words: 767 - Pages: 4

Social Mobility

...There are many celebrities or famous models that didn’t even make it out of high school. One of the richest rappers alive right now is Jay Z, and he doesn’t even have a high school diploma. So is he smarter than me just because he has more money than I’ll ever make in my entire life? No, he isn’t. I do not think well off people are more intelligent than people of lower social position just because of the fact that they have better opportunities than people in the lower class. What I mean by this is growing up; rich kids are thrown into private schools and are being tutored by the most expensive teacher around. Kids that are in the lower class are going to public school, with teachers that sometimes don’t even know what they’re talking about. In conclusion, I really think social scientists should look more deeply into this topic because we can’t just separate two different groups by being smart or not based on their economic level. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I’m glad to be seeing social mobility more and more every day in my community. It pushes me to work harder and harder to make myself go up in social class in the future....

Words: 482 - Pages: 2

Social Issues

...features, demographic, agroecological zones, and main environmental issues. Chapter two describes the District’s Environment and Natural resources of Land, Water, Biodiversity (forest, wildlife, and Dry lands biodiversity), wetlands and agriculture, livestock and fisheries. For each resource, major environmental issues, challenges and proposed interventions are identified. Chapter three discusses the Human settlements and infrastructure in Meru North District covering situation analysis, challenges and proposed interventions. Environmental challenges addressed include; waste management, sanitation, pollution, diseases, land use, demand for water, energy, materials for construction, land and wetlands degradation, policy and legislation, biodiversity loss and land tenure. Chapter four addresses environmental aspects in tourism, trade, industry and services sectors. The key issues under this chapter are high pollution levels from industrial activities and weak enforcement of relevant legislations. Chapter five discusses environmental hazards and disasters. The major hazards covered include; drought and floods. Environmental information, networking and technology are discussed in chapter six. It emerges that environmental information and networking technology have continued to receive scanty attention. Governance, Policy and Legal Framework as well as Institutional arrangements are set in chapter Seven. The key issues addressed include; harmonization of environmental legislations......

Words: 21147 - Pages: 85

Social Mobility

...The New World Encyclopedia defines social mobility as “the movement of the members of a particular society in terms of their social status, usually defined in terms of occupation and income (vertical mobility), or from one social group to another, not necessarily with concomitant change in social position(horizontal mobility)”. Generally social mobility looks at the level in which a person family or a group social status can change within the timeframe of a person life Social mobility can also relate the level to which an person family member move up and down the social group. A person or their family can move up or down the social groups based on their accomplishments and sometimes other reasons that may be out of their power. Some factors that may changes a person social mobility could a person educational background, a person income level, a person occupation or a person status within the society. An upward mobility indicates a person moving from one social class to a higher social class. A downward mobility indicates a person have lowered his or her living standards. As I begin to look over my family past, I can see a noticeable change that has occurred over the generations. I begin to realize my family’s journey overtime and how far we have come. My parents are now retired from their jobs that they have worked for many of years. My brother and I are still working; however we of us have realized that things have changed with time. The changes that we have......

Words: 573 - Pages: 3

Investigating Social Issue

...Assignment 2: Investigate a Social Issue Sherard Mitchell Professor Gortney SOC100 Strayer University September 10, 13 Social issues we come across them everyday in our every day lives at work, on T.V. and even in Church. However before I get to a particular issue we have to know what a social issues is first. Social issues are political debates involving moral judgments about how people should live. The social issue that interests me is “Racism”. Racism have always been a social problem that has been around throughout different parts of history. Even dating back to biblical times racism has been relevant. My personal definition of Racism would be. The dislike of a person, by another because of their skin color; language customs. Racism exists in different ways. It can be individual, institutional, cultural, religion racism and so forth. In Merriam Webster its says Racism can be defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. Now that you know what racism is let me tell you a little something about its. Today overt racism in this country has decreased because more people believe in evaluating other by the content of their character (Macionis, 2010). Describe how your issue fits into the field of sociology. Which sociological theories and terminology from the text apply to your social issue? There are several......

Words: 767 - Pages: 4

Social Mobility

...Social Mobility Paper Steven Simmons Sr. Sociology 100 May 3, 2010 Sally Wickers Social Mobility Changes from generation to generation are the norm in the evolution of life. Things in society are not the same between child and parent or between parent and grandparent. The laws change to make life better for the citizens. Jobs, education, fashion, technology and politics all change as times goes on. The commonalities shared between my grandparents, parents and myself are few and far in between. The music I listen to today is not the same type of music my parents listened to. The type of education I receive today is nowhere near the type of music my grandparents listened to. The world changes all the time and we as people have to adjust to change or we will be left behind to become extinct. My grandmother graduated from high school then graduated from Grambling State University with two degrees, a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. My grandmother worked as a teacher for 30 plus years before retiring. My grandmother was born and raised in Arcadia, Louisiana. She moved to Sacramento, California for several years then decided to move back to Grambling Louisiana, where she currently resides. My grandmother is a church going women, who attends the Church of Christ. She had three boys and five girls. She is a loving grandmother and always has been. She did not and does not condone physical correction. She believed in talking to us and allowed our conscience to......

Words: 785 - Pages: 4

Social Mobility Is an Unrealistic Fantasy

...! The Unrealistic Fantasy The Disney movie Aladdin demonstrates that social mobility is just an unrealistic fantasy to be achieved, by the way the film shows Aladdin’s opportunities— street rat vs. prince, how the Genie acts as welfare for Aladdin, and through the lack of privileges that Aladdin experienced throughout the movie. There is no doubt that Aladdin portrays the poverty victims in Agrabah, the Genie represents as the Government, and Jasmine corresponds with the rich. All of these factors creates an impractical real life scenario of jumping the social classes the way Aladdin did. First of all, there is no surprise that Aladdin is treated very different from the beginning of the movie, to when he becomes a prince. One of the very first examples you can see this being displayed is during the song “One Jump Ahead”. In this scene Aladdin is chased around the city’s streets of Agrabah by guards because he can’t afford to pay for the food he stole. Based on the ragged clothes he wore, with patches in his pants, the town labels him as riffraff, a street rat, and a scoundrel, just like the lyrics in the song. However, when he is a prince, Aladdin gets a grand parade entering the city on the way to the palace. He was treated different by the 
 Norman,2 people because of the way he was dressed and how he was presented. He no longer had on old ragged cloths, and now wore an expensive wardrobe fit for a prince. The crowed did not mock him nor call him names...

Words: 985 - Pages: 4