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Friday, September 28, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
McGraw Hall, 165
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Speaker: Janet Roitman, Anthropology, The New School
Abstract: “Africa Rising!” This jubilant expression refers to an “emerging middle class” that is the harbinger of a new era for the continent. Development economists enthusiastically debate the magnitude of the middle class in terms of income distribution, while anthropologists lament the economists’ failure to consider class consciousness and the role of the state in class formation. What’s missing in their debate? The study of contemporary financial practice, which ultimately posits "the African middle class" as an actionable category for financial innovation.
Presented by the Department of Development Sociology Seminar Series
Co-Sponsored by Anthropology