Doctor Hylton White
|Qualifications||PhD, MA, BAHons|
|Organisational Unit||Social Anthropology|
Hylton White is a social anthropologist with interests in critical theory, the anthropology of value, and the ethnography and history of social relations in southeast Africa. Hylton has conducted ethnographic research for more than twenty years in northern KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on the ways that people in rural communities make and think about social ties, especially in the context of their households and families. This has led him to publish work on issues such as kinship, the life course, architecture, ritual, customary law, and political authority. He is currently completing a book that examines how Zulu South Africans have navigated the complex ethics of keeping up proper relationships with ancestors in a post-apartheid context of far-reaching sociocultural change and profound economic insecurity. Hylton studied sociocultural anthropology at the University of Cape Town (BA Honours 1992) and at the University of Chicago (PhD 2001), then taught at the University of Chicago and at the New School for Social Research in New York before joining the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010. At Wits he currently teaches courses in general anthropology and sociocultural theory, but has also taught on ritual, kinship, and economic anthropology. He has also served three terms as the Secretary of the Council for Anthropology Southern Africa, from 2011 to the present.