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SOCIAL CLASS IN THE UNITED STATES SOCIAL MOBILITY Explain Door # 1, #2, # 3 (acceptance/individual mobility/social change) Henslin describes three types of social mobility: 1. intergenerational mobility —includes both upward social mobility and downward social mobility 2. structural mobility —changes in society that cause large numbers of people to move up or down the social ladders 3. Exchange mobility —the proportion of social classes remains constant even though individuals are moving both up and down In the US, individual skills and ambitions are regarded as the cause, or failure, of social mobility—people like C. Wright Mills look instead at the structure—the most distressing aspect is the increasing split in class structure (see Neal Peirce article) so that this generation in the US will be the first that does not do as well as their parents—a whole semester class (no pun) could be created to discuss class ambitions of CCBC students—dramatic effect on union members who use collective action to achieve
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