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The rise of Africa's middle class: myths, realities and critical engagements
The Nordic Africa Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8439-8148
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

"Across Africa, a burgeoning middle class has become the poster child for the 'Africa rising' narrative. Ambitious, aspirational and increasingly affluent, this group is said to embody the values and hopes of the new Africa, with international bodies ranging from the United Nations Development Programme to the World Bank regarding them as important agents of both economic development and democratic change. This narrative, however, obscures the complex and often ambiguous role that this group actually plays in African societies. Bringing together economists, political scientists, anthropologists and development experts, and spanning a variety of case studies from across the continent, this collection provides a much-needed corrective to the received wisdom within development circles, and provides a fresh perspective on social transformations in contemporary Africa."

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstutet , 2016. , 219 p.
Series
Africa Now
Keyword [en]
Middle class, Social classes, Social change, Economic development, Human development, Case studies, Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2089ISBN: 978-1-78360-713-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2089DiVA: diva2:1064291
Note

CONTENTS: ‘Somewhere above Poor but below Rich’: Explorations into the Species of the African Middle Class(es) / Henning Melber -- 1. African Middle Classes: Lessons from Transnational Studies and a Research Agenda / Carola Lentz -- 2. Human Development and the Construction of Middle Classes in the Global South / Tim Stoffel -- 3. Africa’s Middle Class, Africa’s Entrepreneurs and the 'Missing Middle' / Oluyele Akinkugbe and Karl Wohlmuth -- 4. Deconstructing the Myth of the African Middle Class / Sirkku K. Hellsten -- 5. Kenya – An Unconscious Middle Class? Between Regional-Ethnic Political Mobilisation and Middle Class Lifestyles / Dieter Neubert -- 6. Middle Class Activism in Nigeria: From Nationalist Struggle to Social Media Campaign / Nkwachukwu Orji -- 7. Emerging Middle Class Political Subjectivities in Post-war Angola / Jon Schubert -- 8. The Middle Class of Mozambique and the Politics of the Blank Slate / Jason Sumich -- 9. South Africa’s Black Middle Class Professionals / Amuzweni L. Ngoma -- 10. The Middle Class of Dar es Salaam and Kiswahili Video-Films / Vicensia Shule -- Conclusion: How Much Class Have the African Middle Classes? / Henning Melber

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