Africa’s middle classes

April 8, 2022

New article by Henning Melber.

Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo: Bunting Kargbo / Unsplash

Africa’s middle classes have during the last decade emerged as a prominent reference point for discussing the potential role of social strata for development. This overview article by Henning Melber recapitulates and critically reflects the debate. It suggests not to expect the middle classes being a relevant vehicle for social transformation beyond its own interests.