Mark Hunter , Professor


Home Campus:
U of T Scarborough

University of California, Berkeley, USA (2005)

Other Degrees:
MA University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (1998)
BA University of Sussex, UK (1992)

Cross Appointments:
Department of Anthropology (Graduate)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 208-4764
Location: B527 (UTSC)
Downtown Office: Room SSH5022 (100 St. George Street)

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Education and class
  • Critical development studies
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Kinship and Sexuality
  • Africa
  • Labour
  • Heroin Addiction

Call For Students:

I welcome applications from students working in the areas of education, health, gender, race, addiction, and development. My own work uses historical-ethnographical methods to explore the political economy of everyday life. My central concern is with how intimate politics—acts embedded in sexuality, friendship, families, and other bonds—are shaped by and shaping social and spatial inequalities. I have written books on HIV/AIDS and education/race in South Africa, and now have a SSHRC-funded project on heroin addiction. For more information please visit my website

Selected Publications:

Selected Articles

  • 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. “Introduction: New Insights on Marriage and Africa” (invited introduction for Special Edition on Marriage and Exchange in contemporary African societies). Africa Today, 62 (3): 1-9.
  • 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 Economy 42(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 History 55(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. 2010. Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press; Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press (Winner of the 2010 C. Wright Mills Award & the 2010 Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology).

Research Clusters:
Political Spaces