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Title:Multiple meanings of the middle class in Soweto, South Africa
Authors:Phadi, MosaISNI
Ceruti, ClaireISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:15
Issue:1
Pages:87-107
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:middle class
self-concept
townships
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487942
Abstract:This study investigates the meanings of the label 'middle class' amongst those who label themselves middle class in South Africa. It is based on a 2006 survey of 2559 people in Soweto, South Africa's largest township. The study reveals that 66 percent of Sowetans accept the label middle class. It was the most widely accepted label, on its own and in combination with other labels. Six themes emerged in the everyday descriptions of middle class: affordability, self-sufficiency, support, comparison, youth culture, and language. The label 'middle class' seems also to denote responsibility and social mobility. The paper concludes that studies of the middle class do not seem to focus on how social location affects the scope of people's social world and their range of comparison. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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