Globalization, Urbanization and Development in Africa

Becoming Middle Class

Young People’s Migration between Urban Centres in Ethiopia

Authors: Breines, Markus

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  • Provides a unique ethnographic study of contemporary middle class formation that brings in migration as a key factor in the reproduction as well as contestation of privilege and inequality
  • Uses the Ethiopian case to analyse patterns and social formations that are taking place across the Global South, providing a valuable new resource for a global audience of scholars
  • Offers fresh scholarship moving away from a focus on poverty as a motivation for migration; instead examining middle class mobility in ways that should reshape perceptions of Ethiopia, and Africa more broadly
  • Focuses on unique themes of higher education, ethnicity and notions of progress, which appeal to a wide international readership, including academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and other educated readers
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This book is an ethnography of urban-to-urban migration and its role in middle-class formation in Ethiopia. Through an examination of the intersections and tensions between physical movement and social mobility, it considers how young Tigrayan people’s migration between urban centres made them distinct from both international migrants and non-migrants. Based on fieldwork in Adigrat and Addis Ababa, it focuses on these young people’s notions of progress, experiences of higher education and ethnic tensions to demonstrate how their movements enabled them to enhance their economic, social and symbolic capital while their cultural capital remained largely unchanged. The book provides new insights into the opportunities and constraints for upward social mobility and argues that the emergence of shared characteristics among urban-to-urban migrants led to the formation of a group that can be described as a middle class in Ethiopia.

About the authors

Markus Roos Breines is Assistant Professor in Social Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is currently based in Ethiopia. He authors articles on migration, mobilities, distance education, ethnicity and social media and has previously worked at the University of Edinburgh and the Open University, UK.

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“This is a fascinating case study of the physical geography related to social upward mobility. It explores urban to urban migration in two Ethiopian cities, shaping distinct features of a lifestyle, thereby tracing the unconscious formation of a specific identity and social group. An important contribution to the current debate on African middle classes.” (Professor Henning Melber, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and Nordic Africa Institute)
“This is a richly informed, empirically grounded, sensitive and refreshingly innovative addition to our understanding of the nuanced complexities of being middle class in Africa, and of the importance of class in comprehending migration as a differential experience.” (Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa)   

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Becoming Middle Class
Book Subtitle
Young People’s Migration between Urban Centres in Ethiopia
Authors
Series Title
Globalization, Urbanization and Development in Africa
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-3537-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-3537-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-3536-6
Series ISSN
2752-3276
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 213
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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