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Demand mobility is a form of social
mobility more according to demand in changing business and global environment.
Demand mobility takes place over time and is not caused by
individuals ascending or descending in class or status, but by changes in the occupational structure of the economy.
Demand mobility results from there being greater demand for
some kinds of labour and a shrinking demand for others and not from the openness of the
In modern economies there is a great amount of demand
mobility among occupations. Demand mobility is occupation movement due to changing
business and global environment.
In a situation of high demand mobility, with little
openness, one might find that workers occupy the same relative positions in social and
economic position as their parents although performing quite different work.
Values, Demand and Social Mobility
American Sociological Review © 1963 American Sociological Association
Abstract: If industrial societies in fact institutionalize universalistic-achievement
values in the area of social mobility to a greater extent than pre-industrial societies,
one would hypothesize that when inter-societal differences in occupational demand are held
constant, industrial societies should still exhibit more mobility than pre-industrial
societies. Tested with mobility data at the elite level in industrial and pre-industrial
societies, this hypothesis is not strongly supported. Greater "openness" of
industrial societies may be due wholly to quantitative occupational demand, rather than to
values and norms of a universalistic-achievement type.