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Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter wins Joel Gregory Prize

July 10, 2020

Professor Mark Hunter from the department of human geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough has received the Joel Gregory Prize for his book Race for Education: Gender, White Tone, and Schooling in South Africa.

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition and I thank my partner, Professor Atiqa Hachimi and our daughter who, herself, attended three schools in South Africa during the research,” Hunter said.

“I hope the book can add to current discussions about racism’s stubborn but dynamic presence in institutions around the world.”

Hunter's decade-long ethnographic study follows individual families and schools during South Africa’s political transition following apartheid, and the subsequent demand to decolonize and make public education more affordable. 

“The book expertly engages with discussions on race and class dynamics in South Africa in an insightful way. It is extremely empirically rich and a pleasure to read,” said the award committee in selecting the book.

The most prestigious prize awarded by the Canadian Association of African Studies, the Joel Gregory Prize is given once every two years.

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