Emerging Middle Class


The Middle Class Phenomenon in Emerging Markets Conference, hosted by Georgia State University, Atlanta, 26-28 Sep 2013; Deadline 15 Mar

Middle Class Phenomenon in Emerging Markets Conference

Multi-disciplinary and multi-country perspectives

an international conference organized and hosted by Georgia State University

September 26-28, 2013

The ascension of the middle class (MC) in rapidly transforming economies of East Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East is one of the most remarkable phenomena of recent decades. Given the magnitude of the changes felt by vast numbers of households across the globe as well as the importance the issue holds in the realms of society, politics, business, economics, and culture, examining the middle classes in emerging markets (EMs) will be a topic of investigation for years to come in multiple areas of academic inquiry.

While a consensus definition may not exist, the middle class generally refers to growing number of households in EMs who have access to a substantial disposable income that they can now direct towards discretionary purchases. One benchmark is having at least 30 percent of total household income available for discretionary consumption. The business community is not alone in studying the MC phenomenon. Scholars from such disciplines as film, media, communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, literature, education, history, art, urban studies, geography, and architecture are also actively examining this topic. A special interest of some scholars is to contrast the contemporary developments in EMs with those already experienced by mature, post-industrial economies. Some also approach the middle class as a social phenomenon that derives meaning from social and cultural practices, while others treat it as political power with the capacity to shape a country?s social, political, economic, and cultural landscape.

By design, this conference will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines and countries to examine the middle class in emerging markets from at least three key themes: consumers, citizens, and the media.

Sponsors: The China Center at the Carter Center

Proposal Submission

*Deadline Extended*

We welcome a broad range of empirical and conceptual contributions. The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to March 15, 2013. Please submit a 300-word, double-spaced abstract to dawnfoster@gsu.edu. Make sure to include a biographical sketch, related work in this area, and your contact information.

Notification of Acceptance

April 15, 2013

Deadline for Submission of Full Papers

August 30, 2013

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