SOCIAL MOBILITY AND SOCIAL REPRODUCTION PAPER 3
Major upheavals and societal changes can enhance the opportunity for a large number of
people to climb the social ladder. Such a mobility is known as structural mobility. The factors that
lead to structural mobility include advances in education, industrialization, and computerization.
These have caused many people to rise in social status and find jobs of a higher level than those
done by their parents. Not everyone, however, achieves social mobility. This is because there are
individual characteristics that either enhance or limit one’s ability to move socially. Factors like
one’s residence, religion, health, education level and occupation determine the possibility of
individual social mobility.
Reflecting on my personal history, I cannot ignore the role that has been played by social
class. My family, in particular, has played a crucial role in my upbringing, which impacts my
perception of things and way of thinking to date. Social mobility is contributed to by a number of
factors, but as for me, I can attribute the social production and upward mobility of my family
members to education and personal effort. Education has also contributed greatly to my own
position in the society today. Starting from my grandparents, the story of my family is that of hard
work and determination. The intergenerational upward mobility of the members of my family can
be attributed to the two. In my ancestral homeland, the structural and cultural factors made it
possible for my family members to put effort into their work, determined to make sure that their
subsequent generations lead better lives.
My home country is Saudi Arabia. I was born in 1997 in the city of Riyadh from a small
family called Albatli. My father was born in 1945 and my mother in 1955. I have five brothers and
four sisters, which makes a total of ten children in our family, myself included. I am the last born
in our family. My siblings and I have been brought up in a conservative environment where we
are taught and expected to adhere to the values of Islam. My family history shows that in my