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Middle Classes in Africa

Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges

Editors: Kroeker, Lena, O'Kane, David, Scharrer, Tabea (Eds.)

  • Highlights the overlooked complexities in thinking about the ‘New African Middle Class’
  • Explores what the concept of a ‘middle class’ should mean in an African context
  • Argues there is no single African middle class, but a plurality of middle classes in Africa
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About this book

​This volume challenges the concept of the ‘new African middle class’ with new theoretical and empirical insights into the changing lives in Sub-Saharan Africa. Diverse middle classes are on the rise, but models of class based on experiences from other regions of the world cannot be easily transferred to the African continent. Empirical contributions, drawn from a diverse range of contexts, address both African histories of class formation and the political roles of the continent’s middle classes, and also examine the important interdependencies that cut across inter-generational, urban-rural and class divides. This thought-provoking book argues emphatically for a revision of common notions of the 'middle class', and for the inclusion of insights 'from the South' into the global debate on class.

Middle Classes in Africa will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, as well as NGOs and policy makers with an interest in African societies.

About the authors

Lena Kroeker is Research Fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany

David O’Kane
is an Associate of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

Tabea Scharrer
is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

Reviews

“The volume is well structured, offers nuanced questions, and engages with relevant challenges relating to current trends in social formations of African societies.” (Henning Melber, Africa Spectrum, Vol. 53 (1), 2018)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Africa’s Middle Classes in Critical Perspective

    Scharrer, Tabea (et al.)

    Pages 1-31

  • Turning the Poor into Something more Inspiring: The Creation of the African Middle Class Controversy

    Darbon, Dominique

    Pages 35-55

  • The Narrative of ‘the African Middle Class’ and Its Conceptual Limitations

    Neubert, Dieter (et al.)

    Pages 57-79

  • Anthropology and Class in Africa: Challenges of the Past and Present

    O’Kane, David (et al.)

    Pages 81-105

  • The Ghanaian Middle Class, Social Stratification, and Long-Term Dynamics of Upward and Downward Mobility of Lawyers and Teachers

    Budniok, Jan (et al.)

    Pages 109-134

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Hardcover 117,69 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Middle Classes in Africa
Book Subtitle
Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges
Editors
  • Lena Kroeker
  • David O'Kane
  • Tabea Scharrer
Series Title
Frontiers of Globalization
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62148-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62148-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62147-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09674-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 376
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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