Social Mobility, Vertical Social Mobility, Books on
Social Mobility, Social Mobility Abstracts,
Syllabus, Journals, Bibliography, Sponsored
Mobility, Contest Mobility
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
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 society.
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
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.