Upward and Downward Mobility

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Upward and Downward Mobility The culture that we live in today values upward mobility. Commerce and the media drive people in the Western world and they strive for a better car, a bigger paycheck, a nicer office, a larger house, a more powerful place on the corporate ladder, more possessions, and more status. The message seems to be that more is better, bigger is better, and higher is better. “A not so subtle form of the Social Darwinist claim that we should always be evolving promotes the message “be all you can be.’” (Bos) In the movies of Walt Disney, this quickly becomes ‘dare to dream big’ and ‘reach for the stars.’ The mentality in Western culture has become ‘have all you can have, get all you can get and reach everything you can reach. Belief in upward mobility in the United States is the central element of our system. This messes, however, with the United States being called ‘the land of opportunity.’ There is more to upward mobility like race, gender and family. The occupational mobility is more common for males. Some 65% of sons employed in different occupations and are higher than their fathers are. Look at it this way. There are eight “levels” and most people might reach the first or second one.
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