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How is Africa Rising? - Janet Roitman, The New School

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

McGraw Hall, 165
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

SpeakerJanet 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

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Lecture, Seminar


Development Sociology, Anthropology


dsoc, devsoc, cascal, Anthropology, anthro, soshum




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Janet Roitman

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The New School

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