Mobility (social)

Social mobility denotes a change in the individual’s or family’s social situation. Péter Róbert writes: mobility, on the one hand, appears largely as a self-value, a result of a normative approach, according to which the openness of a society is closely connected to its democratic character.
…On the other hand, the value and meaning of social mobility may be given in a functionalist way. People are born into families with a variety of occupations, educational levels and wealth but, irrespective of this, talents and abilities display and even distribution in society. Mobility therefore corrects differences in social background; it is a process that makes sure that everybody ends up where they can be of the greatest use to society, through the various selective mechanisms.
The Acting Communities project aims to serve social mobility by making the available cultural institutions more open and user-friendly, making access to information easier, extending and strengthening the individual’s social network and by developing individual competences through community processes.

[1] Róbert, P.: Társadalmi mobilitás. [Social Mobility] In Társadalmi riport. [Social Report] In: Andorka, R. – Kolosi, T. – Vukovich, Gy. (eds.) 1990, Budapest, TÁRKI

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