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Moving to retain class status : Spatial mobility of older people in Kenya

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Kroeker, Lena:
Moving to retain class status : Spatial mobility of older people in Kenya.
In: Africa Today. Vol. 66 (2020) Issue 3&4 . - pp. 137-158.
ISSN 1527-1978
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00006518

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Middle Classes on the RiseNo information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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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; pensions; house; home; urban; rural; middle class; migration; Kenya; Africa
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Research Institutions > Research Units > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
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Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2022 21:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2022 06:06
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/70711