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Middle Class Approaches to Social Security in Kenya


Kroeker, Lena:
Middle Class Approaches to Social Security in Kenya.
In: Kroeker, Lena ; O'Kane, David ; Scharrer, Tabea (Hrsg.): Middle Classes in Africa : Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges. - London : Palgrave Macmillan , 2018 . - S. 272-293
ISBN 978-3-319-62148-7

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This chapter focuses on social mobility and the ways in which people act to cushion themselves against the threat of declining social status and its material effects. The African middle class is typically presented as both expanding in size and as moving upward, socially. Little attention is paid to the threat of downward mobility, and the ways in which that threat influences middle-class
strategies to reproduce status. In this chapter, Kroeker argues that the middle class in Kenya has access to a variety of security arrangements derived from adequate and regular formal income. This distinguishes the middle from the lower class, which lacks such security. And still, the Kenyan middle class cannot rely solely on the social
protection promised by ‘modern’ institutions. It has to invest, instead, in a mix of social security arrangements including solidarity-based practices and those increasing social capital. Social capital, as Bourdieu defined it, is
a key resource for preventing loss of social status, as is the capacity to transform social capital into economic capital. In defining the middle class, at least in Kenya, these social capacities and entitlements (in the sense of
Sen) are as important as acquired property and wealth.

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Publikationsform: Aufsatz in einem Buch
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Keywords: Social Security; Middle Classes; Africa; Kenya
Institutionen der Universität: Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren > Institut für Afrikastudien - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren
Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren > Institut für Afrikastudien - IAS
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Ja
Themengebiete aus DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 360 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
Eingestellt am: 07 Jan 2019 10:16
Letzte Änderung: 07 Jan 2019 10:16
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46774