Volume XXXIII • Issue 4 • 2017
Special Issue Editors: Tobias Boos, Gregor Seidl
Fewer people living in poverty than in the ‘golden mean’ of society – Latin America has finally transformed itself into a middle class region. At least that is the opinion held by some World Bank officials. But how does this resonate with the still persisting and high inequality in Latin America? In which way does such an assessment relate to the Latin American left turn during the last decades? Furthermore, what are we actually referring to with middle class? And more generally, what ideas of society lurk behind the term?
This special issue tries to address some of these topics, attempting to interrogate this analysis of international development organisations as well as discourses and policies predominant during the pink tide in Latin America. The authors of this issue seek to put the spotlight on more meaningful concepts of the middle class and associated accounts of social realities in Latin America.
Tobias Boos, Gregor Seidl
Rise of the Latin American middle class – or (statistical) storm in a teapot?
Aspekte von Mittelschichten in Lateinamerika heute
Pact of consumption – Kirchnerism and the Argentinian Middle Class
Forging a New Middle Class in Emerging Democracies
Global or peripheral middle classes? A decolonial perspective on the formation of ‘new middle classes’ in Ecuador
Jairo Baquero Melo
Middle Classes and Rurality: The Expansion of Urban Middle Classes and New Social Inequalities in Colombia