'Growing up' and 'moving up': metaphors that legitimise upward social mobility in Soweto

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dc.contributor.author Krige, Detlev
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-31T07:20:49Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01
dc.description.abstract A growing body of research on the middle classes in South Africa is concerned with patters of consumption while fewer scholars engage with the inequality that accompanies greater social differentiation. Little existing research addresses the ways in which new members of the black middle class legitimise newfound wealth and social mobility. Taking inspiration from anthropologists who have documented societal responses to changing configurations of wealth and inequality elsewhere in Africa, I employ the life-history method to ask how one Sowetan man, who self-identifies as being black and middle class, frames his own social mobility. I find that spatial metaphors play an important role in legitimising social mobility. I also find that one response to accusations of materialism and conspicuous consumption levelled against the urban black middle class is a renewal of certain cultural practices in which private wealth can legitimately be converted into social wealth. en_ZA
dc.description.department Anthropology and Archaeology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-07-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship University of Pretoria’s Research Development Grant as well as the University of Stellenbosch Research Division (Subcommittee A). en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cdsa20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Detlev Krige (2015) ‘Growing up’ and ‘moving up’: Metaphors that legitimise upward social mobility in Soweto, Development Southern Africa, 32:1, 104-117, DOI:10.1080/0376835X.2014.975337. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0376-835X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1470-3637 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/0376835X.2014.975337
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52803
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Development Bank of Southern Africa. This is an electronic version of an article published in Development Southern Africa, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 104-117, 2015. doi : 10.1080/0376835X.2014.975337. Development Southern Africa is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/cdsa20. en_ZA
dc.subject Black middle class en_ZA
dc.subject Social mobility en_ZA
dc.subject Metaphor en_ZA
dc.subject Life story en_ZA
dc.subject Legitimisation en_ZA
dc.subject Soweto en_ZA
dc.subject Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title 'Growing up' and 'moving up': metaphors that legitimise upward social mobility in Soweto en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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