Kerry Ryan Chance
Kerry Chance is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at UiB, and a Non-Resident Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Her research focuses on two major topics in South Africa and the United States: (1) the politics of urban ecology at the intersections of gender, race, and class; and (2) the cultural dynamics of climate change, particularly their effects upon differentiated bodies. Broadly, her work examines how the urban poor, living on the precarious margins often without formalized work or basic infrastructure, come to inhabit political roles that transform economic and environmental relationships.
She has published multiple articles and book chapters, as well as a monograph titled Living Politics in South Africa’s Urban Shacklands. She has a forthcoming book, which is titled Habitable Air: Urban Inequality in the Time of Climate Change, and an edited volume, which is titled Liveability on the Frontlines of Climate Change.
2022 “Coughing Out: The Body Politics of Habitable Air in Petrochemical South Africa,” cArgo, Revue Internationale d’Anthropologie Culturelle & Sociale [Accepted – In Press].
2022 “Eco-Anxiety and Climate Urgency in the Mother City.” In the CLIMATE issue, edited by Robert Reid-Pharr. Transition. [Accepted – In Press].
2022 “Sustaining Ungovernability: Housing and Evictions During Covid-19 in Durban, South Africa.” In “Ethnographic Encounters with Destituent Power,” edited collection edited by Nikola García. POLAR, March 31, 2022, https://polarjournal.org/2022/03/31/sustaining-ungovernability-housing-and-evictions-during-covid-19-in-durban-south-africa/.
2020 “Governing Through Eco-Anxiety: South Africa’s Energy Hubs and Water Scarce Cities,” Cultural Anthropology, Theorizing the Contemporary, March 24, https://culanth.org/fieldsights/governing-through-eco-anxiety.
2017 “How South Africa’s Urban Poor Use Land as a Legal Instrument.” In The Future of Economic Rights, edited by Katherine Young. Foreword by Amartya Sen. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
2016 “Ritual Technologies: Making Political Kinship and Digital Publics in South Africa’s Borderlands” In Out of Order: Popular Mobilization in South Africa, edited by Gary Minkley and Richard Pithouse. Fort Hare, South Africa: Fort Hare University Press.
2015 “Where There is Fire, There is Politics: Ungovernability and Material Life in Urban South Africa.” Cultural Anthropology. Issue 30 (3): 394-423.
2015 “Sacrifice After Mandela: Liberation and Liberalization Among South Africa’s First Post-Apartheid Generation.” Anthropological Quarterly. Issue 88 (4): 857-878.
2015 “Transitory Citizens: Contentious Housing Practices in Contemporary South Africa.” Social Analysis. Volume 59 (3): 62-84.
2015 “Slum-As-Infrastructure: How the Politics of Informality Shapes South Africa’s World Class Cities.” In Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place, edited by Delia Wendel and Fallon Samuels Aidoo. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
2014 “Legacies of Fear: From Rodney King’s Beating to Treyvon Martin’s Death.” In “The L.A. Riots: 20 Years Later” journal special issue, edited by Kerry Chance and Laurence Ralph. Transition. Issue 113: 137-170.
2014 A Review of Giorgio Agamben’s The Highest Poverty.” Journal of Southern African Anthropology. Volume 37 (1-2): 138-140.