SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology
August 23, 2010
Social Mobility: the movement from one class (or group) to another. Intra-generational mobility is defined as changes in social status over a single lifetime. Inter-generational mobility is the changes in social status that occur from the parents' to the children's generation (Lopreato & Hazelrigg, 1970). Sociologists usually focus on intergenerational mobility because it is easier to see changes across generations rather than within one. This information helps sociologists determine whether inequality in a culture changes over time. I will discuss the differences and similarities between my family, parents, and grandparents.
As children, we learn a great deal from our immediate family. Over the course of our childhood, we are taught everything parents believe are necessary for their children to know. However, there are those who believe that it is not the parents persuasion that determines a child’s decision about continuing his or her education, but in fact, “the child's decision is based on how many other people in the community are pursuing higher education” (Armengol & Jackson, 2008) .
There are many similarities and differences between my grandparents, my parents, and my family. Education, occupation, religion, income, area of residence, consumption pattern, and politics are several things that will always differ from one generation to the next. Many times people hear their parents, grandparents and their friends say “things ain’t the same as when we were young.” They are correct. Over time, things changed, which caused...