What role for the middle classes?

What role for the middle classes?

As part of the core project Critical Global Poverty Studies, CROP is organizing a workshop exploring the role of the middle classes in poverty

10-12 January 2009 | Solstrand Hotel, Bergen, Norway

The workshop will collaboratively frame a research agenda and some more specific research proposals examining how middle class actors understand and respond to poverty across the globe. Broadly our work is concerned with i) interconnected economic and cultural processes that produce and name the poor across the globe and ii) the role of the non-poor (middle classes in this case) in producing and solving poverty.  

We will explore the potential for comparative research on the links between middle class vulnerability, identities and poverty politics in Argentina, South Africa, Norway and the United States.  We urgently need research on the ways in which new forms of economic globalization are transforming the economic position, identities and poverty politics of middle class groups around the world because middle classes hold material, political and symbolic resources that can legitimate or shape public action on poverty.


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