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Unformatted text preview: Sociology 101 Prof. Karmen Social Mobility in the United States (Myth vs. Fact) In order to discern what is true or untrue about the concept of Social Mobility, one must first define the term. According to the ‘Seeing Sociology’ textbook, social mobility is defined as both “a change in social position occurring during a person’s lifetime” or the “upward or downward social mobility of children in relation to their parents” (231). Under these defined parameters, we can now ask begin to sort myth from fact, fiction from reality. Social mobility used to be a much more frequent occurrence in the United States than it is today. As I understand it, the decrease in upward mobility can be linked with the end of the ‘industrial revolution’ and the beginning of a technological one. Certain skill sets that were once considered useful in this country have been rendered nearly useless due to the globalization of already developed industries – engineering and manufacturing most specifically. This in itself did not create the problem –industries – engineering and manufacturing most specifically....
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