Friday, March 6, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MOBILITY


The Encyclopedia Britannica defines social mobility as “the movement of individuals, families or groups through a system of social hierarchy or stratification". It is often described as one of the most important indicators of whether the society is indeed a welfare society. Everyone therefore agrees that it is highly desirable and that the lack of it bodes ill for society. Do your research to better understand the concept. Then discuss the factors that enhance social mobility, the danger of lack of social mobility and the measures that can be taken to increase it.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Is America dreaming? Understanding social mobility” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2XFh_tD2RA
·         “Social mobility: climbing the ladder” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohIk3IELXF8
Reading material to make notes on:
·         “Social mobility: the meaning, types and factors responsible for social mobility” http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/sociology/social-mobility-the-meaning-types-and-factors-responsible-for-social-mobility/8539/
·         “The American myth of social mobility” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-steven-friedman/class-mobility_b_1676931.html
·         “Obstacles to social mobility weaken equal opportunity and economic growth, says OECD study”
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “Social mobility definition and types: intragenerational versus intergenerational and horizontal versus vertical mobility” http://study.com/academy/lesson/social-mobility-definition-and-types-intragenerational-vs-intergernerational-vertical-vs-horizontal.html
·         “The truth about social mobility” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyIMwzHuiCU

·         “Is education the answer to social mobility?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljrl76ni0zE

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