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How political is the "middle class" in Kenya?

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Neubert, Dieter:
How political is the "middle class" in Kenya?
In: Journal of Contemporary African Studies. (2021) . - 16 S..
ISSN 1469-9397
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2021.1933396

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Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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The current debate presents the middle class in the Global South as a driver of democratic change and the core of civil society. The activities of NGOs, or student protests, for instance, seem to support this notion. However, these examples should not be overstretched. Before confirming the idea that the ‘middle class’ is a carrier of political protest and a driver of democratic change, we need to answer at least two questions. Is the ‘middle class’ really a class in the strict sociological sense, with a common class consciousness or just a group with a middle-income: ‘middle income group’? And are the protests really representative of the middle-income group? Taking Kenya as an example, we cannot identify a ‘middle class’ in the strict sense of the sociological class concept. Neither does the political commitment of the middleincome group follow socio-economic differences. More important are patterns of socio-cultural differentiation that can be conceptualised as socio-cultural ‘milieus’.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Kenya; middle class; milieu; socio-cultural differentiation
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Development
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2021 06:50
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2021 06:50
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/68232