SSSP 2019 Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, August 10

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:10 PM

Session 094: Comparative and International Perspectives on the Black Middle Classes
Room: Riverside Suite

Sponsor: Program Committee

Organizer &

Presider: Derron Wallace, Brandeis University

Discussant: Karyn Lacy, University of Michigan

Description:  There is an urgent need for North American audiences to consider more expansive, global perspectives of the Black middle classes. This session convenes scholars researching the Black middle classes in the US, UK, South Africa, France and Nigeria in an effort to extend the literature on racialized middle class experiences. This panel offers complementary yet distinctive analyses by centering the voices of Black middle class young people, professionals in private industry, and parents in multiple class contexts—from inner-city schools, to elite public institutions, ethnic enclaves and immigrant neighborhoods, among others. Taken together, these papers push against the lingering homogenization of Blacks and showcase how the heterogeneous experiences Black ethnics vary by space and place.


“Marginalization and Middle-class Blues: Children of North African Immigrants in France,” Jean Beaman, University of California, Santa Barbara

“A Generation out of Apartheid: Exploring the Educational Experiences among the South African Black Middle Class,” Omari Jackson, Morgan State University