Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Level:
Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Tags:
Social Mobility, Sociology
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs, eBook, Text/HTML, Video

Education Standards (1)

Explain social mobility

Module Overview

OER Text material

Social Stratification

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World Chapter 8 Sections 1 and 3. Section 8.1 discusses different systems of stratification and the difference between closed and open systems. Section 8.3 discusses vertical mobility and inter/intra generational mobility, but not horizontal mobility. Instructors might consider supplementing this chapter with material from Open Stax and several of the supplemental material listed for this objective.

Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States

Open Stax section 9.2- provides a fine summary social mobility and defines key terms.

Section 1: Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

Is American Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility (Video)

Great  ~ 4 minute video by the Brookings Institution on social mobility that includes a discussion of mobility and other demographics such as race and whether or you are raised by married parents.

“Striking new research on inequality: ‘Whatever you thought, it’s worse’”

This is a short article in the Washington Post on social mobility published in 2016. Research on social mobility in the U.S. over time is discussed.

Using Status Symbols and Cultural Capital to Show that You Belong

A good, short reading from Sociology in Focus on how status symbols are important components of social mobility.