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Title:The Global 'Order', Socioeconomic Status and the Economics of African Identity
Authors:Kamau, Caroline
Rutland, Adam
Periodical:African Identities
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:African identity
social inequality
economic behaviour
Economics and Trade
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/14725840500235407
Abstract:Chronic elitism within Africa has created a two-tier milieu in which those Africans who are in a position to take advantage of the global economic system often do so at the expense of other Africans. The authors carried out research on the effects of social class and indicators of individual economic mobility on African identity. 213 Kenyans participated in a questionnaire-based study for structural equation analysis. The main finding was that socioeconomic status (SES) positively predicts individual economic mobility, which then negatively influences African identity concepts, and that the significance of economic concepts for African identity depends on social class. For example, in the high SES group, materialism and cynicism about Africa's future economic global prospects were found to have a negative effect on commitment to the national economy and African identity. The general implication is that anti-group economic behaviour in Africa (e.g. corruption, worker exploitation) is attributable to individual mobility, as well as to intra-national and global economic structures. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]