Middle Classes in Africa

Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges

  • Lena Kroeker
  • David O'Kane
  • Tabea Scharrer

Part of the Frontiers of Globalization book series (FOG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tabea Scharrer, David O’Kane, Lena Kroeker
    Pages 1-31
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

  6. Part IV

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-376

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.


Social class Social mobility Imperialism Capitalisim Post-colonialism Africa's Middle Classes Nubians of Kibera Emerging Middle Classes in Namibia

Editors and affiliations

  • Lena Kroeker
    • 1
  • David O'Kane
    • 2
  • Tabea Scharrer
    • 3
  1. 1.Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African StudiesBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Social AnthropologyHalleGermany
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for Social AnthropologyHalleGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62147-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62148-7
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