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Moving to Retain Class Status : Spatial Mobility among Older Middle-Class People in Kenya

Title data

Kroeker, Lena:
Moving to Retain Class Status : Spatial Mobility among Older Middle-Class People in Kenya.
In: Africa Today. Vol. 66 (28 July 2020) Issue 3-4 . - pp. 137-158.
ISSN 0001-9887
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2979/africatoday.66.3_4.07

Project information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

Recent scholarship on the African middle classes focuses on a middle-aged cohort and generally assumes that social status remains stable over the life course. This contribution argues that a struggle to retain one's social class across the life course is part of middle-class life in Kenya. I focus on those who currently lead a decent life in the city and prepare for their life after retirement. My ethnographic data suggest that the middle classes cannot afford life in the city once there is no regular income. I argue that entitlements and resources need to be saved and invested during an economically productive phase to lead a decent life after retirement outside the cities.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social Security; retirement; middle classes; old age; migration; Kenya
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 350 Public admininistration, military science
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 640 Home and family management
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 09:53
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 09:53
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56204