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Using historical-ethnographical methods, and a spatial lens, my research aims to provide an original perspective on the social roots of everyday inequalities in health, education, addiction, and labour—that is I am concerned with documenting, theorizing, and challenging "structural violence." I hope to unravel the political economic forces at work while recording, with all the contradictions of a white man undertaking the research, the humanity and struggles of marginalized groups. Focused on South Africa, a country I have had the privilege of working in for more than 30 years, my research thus addresses how acts embedded in sexuality, friendship, labour, families, education, and addiction, are shaped by and shape social and spatial inequalities.


Honorary Research Fellow, Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Research Interests

  • Education, race and class
  • Sexuality
  • Africa, especially South Africa
  • Drug use
  • Gender/masculinities

Awards & Grants

  • SSHRC Insight Grant, “Parasites: a social geography of heroin, estrangement, and gendered sociality in South Africa”
  • SSHRC Insight Grant, "Moving Class: An Historical-Ethnography of Schooling in Durban, South Africa"
  • SSHRC Standard Research, "Child Politics in South Africa: Children, Geography and Social Mobility after Apartheid"
  • Connaught Matching Grant, "Children of the New South Africa: Childre, Health, and Geography after Apartheid"



  • Mark Hunter. 2019. Race for Education: Gender, White Tone, and Schooling in South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Paperback, hardback, and ebook.
    • [Winner of the 2020 Joel Gregory Prize]
  • Mark Hunter. 2010. Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (African Studies series); Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. Paperback, hardback, and ebook.
    • [Winner of the 2010 C. Wright Mills Award & the 2010 Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology]


  • Mark Hunter. 2020. “Race and the Geographies of Education: Markets, White Tone, and Racial Neoliberalism,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 110 (4): 1224-1243. 
  • Dori Posel, Mark Hunter and Stephanie Rudwick. 2020. Revisiting the prevalence of English: Language use outside the home in South Africa. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2020.1778707
  • Mark Hunter. 2017. “Parental choice without parents: families, education and class in a South African township,” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 47 (1): 2-16.
  • Mark Hunter. 2016. “Is it enough to talk of marriage as a process? Legitimate co-habitation in Umlazi, South Africa,” Anthropology Southern Africa, 39 (4): 281-296.
  • Mark Hunter. 2016. “The Race for Education: Class, White Tone, and Desegregating White Schools in South Africa.” Journal of Historical Sociology 29 (3): 319-358.
  • Mark Hunter. 2015. “The Intimate Politics of the Education Market: High-Stakes Schooling and the Making of Kinship in Umlazi Township, South Africa.” Journal of Southern African Studies 41(6): 1279-1300.  
  • Mark Hunter. 2015. “The Political Economy of Concurrent Partners: Toward a history of Sex-Love-Gift Connections in the Time of AIDS.” Review of African Political Economy42(145): 362-375.  
  • Mark Hunter. 2015. “Schooling Choice in South Africa: The Limits of Qualifications and the Politics of Race, Class and Symbolic Power.” International Journal of Educational Development. 43: 41-50.
  • Mark Hunter. 2014. “‘The Bond of Education’: Gender, the Value of Children, and the Making of Umlazi Township in 1960s Durban, South Africa.” Journal of African History55(3): 467-490.
  • Mark Hunter and Atiqa Hachimi. 2012. “Talking Class, Talking Race: Intersections of Language, Class, and Race in the Call Center Industry in South Africa," Social & Cultural Geography 13(6): 551-566.
  • Mark Hunter and Dori Posel. 2012. “Here to Work: the Socio-Economic Characteristics of Informal Dwellers in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Environment and Urbanization April, 24(1): 285-304.
  • Mark Hunter. 2011. "Beneath the ‘Zunami’: Jacob Zuma and the Gendered Politics of Social Reproduction in South Africa." Antipode 43(4): 1102-1126.
  • Mark Hunter. 2010. "Racial Desegregation and Schooling in South Africa: Contested Geographies of Class Formation." Environment and Planning A 42(11): 2640-2657.
  • Mark Hunter. 2010. "Beyond the Male-Migrant: South Africa’s Long History of Health Geography and the Contemporary AIDS Pandemic." Health and Place 16(1): 25-33.
  • Mark Hunter. 2007. “The Changing Political Economy of Sex in South Africa: the Significance of Unemployment and Inequalities to the Scale of the Aids pandemic.” Social Science & Medicine 64: 689-700.
  • Mark Hunter. 2005. “Cultural Politics and Masculinities: Multiple-partners in Historical Perspective in KwaZulu-Natal.” Culture, Health and Sexuality 7(4): 389-403.
  • Mark Hunter. 2004. “Masculinities, Multiple-partners and AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal: The Making and Unmaking of Isoka.” Transformation 54: 123-153.
  • Mark Hunter. 2004. “Fathers without Amandla? Gender and Fatherhood among isiZulu Speakers.” Journal of Natal and Zululand History 22: 149-160.
  • Mark Hunter. 2002. “The Materiality of Everyday Sex: Thinking Beyond ‘Prostitution’.” African Studies 61(1): 99-120.
  • Mark Hunter. 2000. “The Post-Fordist High Road? A South African Case Study.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 18(1): 67-90.
  • Mark Hunter and Vishnu Padayachee. 1998. “Convergence and Divergence in Europe and South Africa.” Society in Transition 29(1-2): 58-66.