My Social Mobility

My Social Mobility


MySocial Mobility

MySocial Mobility

Myfamily has experienced significant changes that have propelled usfrom a low social status to a higher social status. This can beattributed to the intra-generational social mobility that hasexperienced social mobility as we transitioned from one lifeexperience to another. The social mobility in our family has made itpossible for me as an individual to move from one social hierarchy toanother. According to Macionis(2015), theability to move from one social hierarchy to the other and thepossibility of the vice-versa is the social mobility. As a youngAfrican American female, I have observed my family change for thebetter despite the challenges that we faced being raised by a singlemother.

Asignificant social mobility my family has experienced is theintra-generational mobility. This is because my family has developedfrom a low social class level to a higher class level within our ownlifetime. The intra-generational mobility is the experience of changefrom the lower social class level to a higher class level in thelifetime of a person (Macionis,2015).In this regard, my family has experienced a notable growth from a lowsocial status to a higher status that is marked with bettereducation, affordable life and better understanding of ourenvironment. We have grown to a social status that is based on theeconomic empowerment, achievements and social standings. It isimportant to note that I am fortunate that my siblings and my motherhave lived to witness the tremendous growth in social status. Thishappened after the unfortunate death of my father some time back,leaving mum alone to take care of us.

Beingborn from a family of middle class, where my mum practiced the sameposition that her dad once practiced (Island District Commissioner),it is clear that their social structure remained the same. It isclear that my parents experienced horizontal mobility, meaning therewas no change in their social standards that was felt eithereconomically or socially. It was difficult to have observable socialmobility. Wilkinson and Pickett (2009), argue that the level ofsocial mobility is likely to be lower where there is a high level ofinequality. It is argued that this is particularly true for familiesthat have limitations (Macionis&amp Linda, 2011). In our family,the limitations included fewer family resources or opportunities thatI could take advantage of to advance in life.

Thesocial environment for our family has changed positively. We startedin a society where social separations were not common to noticebecause most people were in the same social level. However, theenvironment that I live today is different because the society hasdifferent social levels. I can now observe this different because ourfamily is on a higher social level than before. This makes me believethat we have experienced vertical mobility.

Theexperience of the intra-generational mobility in my life haspositively affected my life and that of my family. The first mainchange is in the social scales is felt and the impact of that changeto individuals determines the kind of social mobility. While mobilityin the society can be positive or negative, there are others thathave horizontal mobility (Kendall, 2015). I believe the one of ourfamily was positive in the intra-generational way. It is important tonote that the amount of time taken to experience the change from theformer social class to the current one was long. For instance, ittook us more than ten years for mum to generate more income that hada positive economic impact on use such as afford better education forus.

Anotherimportant impact of the intra-generational mobility in our family ofmine is that it has promoted our cultural capital. Cultural capital,is the rate of one’s acclimatization’s to new customs to fit infast and be actively involved in realizing opportunities that areavailable (Andersen&amp Taylor,2007).Now in the university, and in a different location from home, I haverealized a new culture of people. I have noticed that people are veryseparated by class. I really believe that with such higher populationyour social class is the same as your circle. The same type people,going the same places or selecting VIP to ensure they are surroundedby the same class of people.

Becauseof the positive change in income, me and my siblings were able toaccess higher education and pursue our careers. In fact, we are nowattending the university together with my siblings. With this upwardchange in life, I hope to continue with the intra-generational socialmobility in the sense that I hope to acquire more than my parents didin my lifetime. Optimism for a better social standing throughutilization of all the available resources and opportunities isimportant to achieving the set goals and ambitions. This is animportant factor in human capital that is essential in moving fromone social hierarchy to a better one. I make it a true statementeveryday through cultivation of important skills and knowledge thatmay impact one to get better opportunities.


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