The global ‘order’, socioeconomic status and the economics of African identity.

Kamau, Caroline W. and Rutland, Adam (2005) The global ‘order’, socioeconomic status and the economics of African identity. African Identities, 3 (2). pp. 171-193. ISSN 1472-5843. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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 effects of social class and indicators of individual economic mobility on African identity were thus examined. 213 Kenyans participated in this 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: African identity; upward mobility; class; global economics; international trade
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2008 13:20
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 13:19
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