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Social mobility and class in Africa

Title data

Kroeker, Lena:
Social mobility and class in Africa.
In: Suter, Christian ; Madheswaran, S. ; Vani, B. P. (ed.): The Middle Class in World Society : Negotiations, diversities and lived experiences. - Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge , 2020 . - pp. 356-370
ISBN 9781003049630
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003049630

Project information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

This chapter focuses on the social mobility of the middle class as a widely overlooked reality of African middle classes. With that, I would like to draw attention to the dynamics of social rise and fall and argue that middle class status may be short-lived for many. There is indeed visible social rise of this class, but on the flip side there is rapid social descent in the absence or dysfunctionality of governmental social support systems. This aspect needs to be considered when conceptualising the middle class in an African context as a class that is trying to mitigate uncertainties and eager to prevent social downward mobility.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Kenya; Social Class; Social Mobility; Middle Class; Africa
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 > 320 Political science
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 09:58
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 09:58
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56223