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The Kenyan Middle Class and Responses to Social Security

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Kroeker, Lena:
The Kenyan Middle Class and Responses to Social Security.
In: Boanda-Fuchs, Anthony ; Gez, Yonatan ; Waldmüller, Johannes (ed.): (Re)Searching Nairobi’s Middle Class. - Geneva , 2016 . - pp. 33-44 . - (Kompreno Research Report ; K0001 )

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Middle Classes on the RiseNo information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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Lena Kroeker looks at the significance of informal social structures within the Kenyan middle class’ search for coping with life challenges and maintaining stable living standards. Considering the middle class through the prism of people’s ability to maintain “the same accommodation, modes of transport and every day practices” (p.33) over long periods of time, Kroeker is conscious of the significance of informal social support network, and especially those linked to kinship. In her contribution, Kroeker combines a survey of available social security mechanisms – of which the state provides little – with an extensive fieldwork in Kisumu, Western Kenya. A comparative perspective might provide complementary insights into the process of middle class formation and thus bring us closer to defining the notion of the middle classes in Kenya.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Middle Classes; Kenya; Social Security; Kinship
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Research Institutions
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 > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 10:32
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 10:32
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46786