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Middle Classes in Africa : Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges

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Middle Classes in Africa : Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges.
ed.: Kroeker, Lena ; O'Kane, David ; Scharrer, Tabea
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan , 2018 . - XIII, 376 p. - (Frontiers of Globalization )
ISBN 978-3-319-62148-7

  • Henning Melber

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62148-7

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Middle Classes on the RiseNo information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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​This volume challenges the concept of the ‘new African middle class’ with new theoretical and empirical insights into the changing lives in Sub-Saharan Africa. Diverse middle classes are on the rise, but models of class based on experiences from other regions of the world cannot be easily transferred to the African continent. Empirical contributions, drawn from a diverse range of contexts, address both African histories of class formation and the political roles of the continent’s middle classes, and also examine the important interdependencies that cut across inter-generational, urban-rural and class divides. This thought-provoking book argues emphatically for a revision of common notions of the 'middle class', and for the inclusion of insights 'from the South' into the global debate on class.

Middle Classes in Africa will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, as well as NGOs and policy makers with an interest in African societies.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Keywords: Middle Classes; Africa; Global South; global middle classes
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
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Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 07:31
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 10:32
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46595