Dr Detlev Krige


     BA MA (Stellenbosch)

     MSc (London School of Economics)

     DPhil (Witwatersrand)

Detlev is a former Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human Economy Programme and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Pretoria. He can be contacted on [email protected].

Detlev's PhD was awarded from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an ethnographic study of the social, historical and political contexts of several financial practices and institutions in the unrecorded economies of contemporary Johannesburg – including gambling, money lending, savings and consumption. During his field research he held a Doctoral Fellowship at the Wits Institute for Social and Economics Research (WISER) and subsequently taught for two years in the Department of Anthropology at Rhodes University. Between 2009 and 2010 he was an Affiliate Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, working on an ESRC-funded project on “Popular economies and citizen expectations in South Africa”. During this period he researched the rise of pyramid and ponzi-type schemes in Gauteng, South Africa.

Detlev is currently researching societal responses to the financialisation of the economy and everyday life in southern Africa. In particular he is examining growing financial activism, community and local currencies, cooperatives and efforts at transforming the financial services sector.


Some of Detlev's recent publications include:

Krige, Detlev. 2012. “Fields of Dreams, Fields of Schemes: Ponzi Finance and Multilevel Marketing in South Africa”, Africa Vol. 82 (Special Issue 1), 69-92.

Krige, Detlev. 2011. 'We are Running for a Living': Work, Leisure and Speculative Accumulation in an Underground Numbers Lottery in Johannesburg. African Studies Vol 70(1). DOI: 10.1080/00020184.2011.557571.

Krige, Detlev. 2010. Inequality, Identity and Social Differentiation through the Drinking Glass: Men and Beer Drinking in Contemporary Soweto. In Steven van Wolputte and Mattia Fumanti (eds) Spaces, selves and states: Beer as a local and transnational commodity in Africa. Berlin: LIT Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8258-1257-7.

Krige, Detlev. 2007. Indigenous Knowledge Systems or Practical Everyday Performances? A Theoretical Reconsideration of Indigenous Knowledge in Anthropology and Development Studies. Ikamva: International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Vol. 1(2), 21-50.


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