is an anthropologist by training and a self-taught economist who lives in Paris with his family. He also has a home in Durban, South Africa. He is International Director of the Human Economy Programme in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria. He is also Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Goldsmiths, University of London. Apart from his academic career, he has worked as a consultant, journalist, publisher and gambler.
Keith started out studying classical languages and literature and went on to explore Atlantic society from the point of view of Africans in West Africa, North America, the Caribbean, Britain, France and South Africa. He has taught in a dozen universities on both sides of the Atlantic, for the longest time in Cambridge, where he was Director of the African Studies Centre.
His research interests include:
Building a human economy; economic anthropology; money and finance; informal economy; African development; the African diaspora; urbanization; migration; national capitalism; regional integration; the corporations’ drive for independence; the digital revolution in communications; social media; intellectual property and its discontents; history of economic ideas; history of anthropology and social theory; the emergence of world society; world citizenship.
His books since the millennium (many with collaborators) are The Memory Bank: Money in an Unequal World (2000); The Hit Man’s Dilemma: Or Business Personal and Impersonal (2005); Market and Society: The Great Transformation Today (2009); The Human Economy: A Citizen’s Guide (2010); Economic Anthropology: History, Ethnography, Critique (2011); People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis (2014); Economy For and Against Democracy (2015); and Money in a Human Economy (2017).
Here is a soundbite from a two-hour interview with Alan Macfarlane:
Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmiths College, introduces Keith Hart’s inaugural lecture, 23rd October 2007