Author Archives: Keith Hart

The real economy? The challenge of dialectical method

The real economy? The challenge of dialectical method[1]  Keith Hart[2] Abstract This blatantly introspective essay seeks to trace a path from the postulation of an informal economy as a device of ethnographic realism to participation in virtual reality through the social media. The Human Economy Programme at the University of… Read more »

The roots of modern Europe’s links to classical antiquity through the Arabs

Jairus Banaji has posted a beautiful memoir in Facebook showing the linguistic and practical history of Arab mediation between the ancient Greeks and 13th century Venice with reference to a building allocated to German merchants there (the Fontego dei Todeschi). The task of breaking down the imperialist separation of Europe… Read more »

At home in Durban, September 2013, first interview

In September 2103, Alice Sala and Gregoire Mayor, from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and on behalf of the multimedia French-language journal came to South Africa to film a conference organized by the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria. Afterwards they joined Keith Hart in Durban for… Read more »

Opening Anthropology: An Interview with Keith Hart

Summary A three-part interview with Keith Hart by Ryan Anderson on Savage Minds Blog Part 1 The Open Access (OA) movement is one of resistance to the privatization of any commons. But its current focus is shaped by the tension between wanting an intellectual commons and accepting, for career purposes,… Read more »

Rivers is Our Forgotten Founding Father

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The true history of British social anthropology’s origins, seen through the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres strait (CAETS) [1] Three centuries of anthropology. Between evolution and ethnography. The CAETS’ protagonists (minus Rivers). The CAETS and functionalist ethnography. Rivers was the founder of British social anthropology. Rivers between anthropology and psychology. Tweet This… Read more »