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The New Black Middle Class in South Africa

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The “”rise of the black middle class”” is one of the most visible aspects of post-apartheid society in South Africa. Yet while it has been a major actor in the country’s democratic reshaping, analysis of its role has been all but lacking.

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The “”rise of the black middle class”” is one of the most visible aspects of post-apartheid society in South Africa. Yet while it has been a major actor in the country’s democratic reshaping, analysis of its role has been all but lacking. Rather, the image presented by the media has been of “”black diamonds””, consumers of the products of advanced industrial economies, and of corrupt “”tenderpreneurs”” who use their political connections to obtain contracts. This book seeks to complicate that picture with a much-needed analysis that recounts its historical development in colonial society prior to 1994, before examining the size, shape and structure of the new black middle class in contemporary South Africa and its relation to its counterparts in the Global South.

Additional information

ISBN

9781431423163

Date Published

2016

Publisher

Language

English

Specifications

Softcover,23,5×15,5cm,296pp