ETHNOGRAPHIES OF POWER, working radical concepts with Gillian Hart

: Chari (S.), Hunter (M.) & Samson (M.) eds

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247pp., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2022



"Gillian Hart has pioneered a distinctive school of critical ethnography, exemplified by these exciting explorations of South Africa and beyond. This collection of ethnographic studies advances Hart’s theories of the intertwining of global and local processes and the articulation of material, cultural and political relations." Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Manufacturing Consent, Politics of Production and Public Sociology

Contributions include:

"The Politics of ‘Gendered Labour’: Gillian Hart’s relational ‘conjunctures’" by Bridget Kenny

"Micro-foundations for ‘Racial Capitalism’: ‘interlocking transactions’" by Sharad Chari

"‘Relational Comparison’ and Geography’s Question of Method" by Mark Hunter

"A Conversation with Gillian Hart about Mbeki’s ‘Second Economy’" by Ahmed Veriava

"‘Articulation’, ‘Translation’, ‘Populism’: Gillian Hart’s engagements with Gramsci" by Michael Ekers, Stefan Kipfer and Alex Loftus

"What is ‘Nationalism’? Thinking alongside Hart at a South African landfill" by Melanie Samson.


Sharad Chari is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley, and Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).

Mark Hunter is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Melanie Samson is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg.