Andries Du Toit

Andries du Toit has a PhD in Comparative Studies from the University of Essex. His training is in political theory and in qualitative and anthropological approaches to social science research. He has done extensive research on the political economy of structural poverty and racialised inequality in a range of contexts in South Africa: his publications include work on the social relations of labour on commercial fruit and wine farms in the Western Cape, on chronic and structural poverty in the rural and urban Western Cape and in the Eastern Cape, and on the dynamics of marginalised livelihoods and informal social protection in the migrant networks of the Eastern and Western Cape.

At present, his work focuses on developing a critical understanding of the politics of knowledge production in the government of poverty and marginal livelihoods. His key interest lies in the ways in which development discourse and the production of technical 'poverty knowledge' can mystify and obscure the social relations of power that underpin persistent inequality and structural poverty. Here, his concern is to develop approaches and frameworks that can go beyond narrowly positivist and technicist approaches to the politics of use-oriented basic research. In this regard he has focused on developing a critical understanding of discourses around social exclusion and the uses of poverty measurement, and he maintains an ongoing interest in the use of critical social theory in the integration of qualitative and quantitative research approaches to poverty, vulnerability and marginality.

Works by this author

Food in the Time of Coronavirus: Why We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

Whose Land Question? Policy Deliberation and Populist Reason in the South African Land Debate

What Price Cheap Goods? Survivalists, Informalists and Competition in the Township Retail Grocery Trade

The Use and Effectiveness of Social Grants in South Africa

Food Trade and Investment in South Africa: Improving Coherence Between Economic Policy, Nutrition and Food Security

Trade and Investment in Fish and Fish Products Between South Africa and the Rest of SADC: Implications for Food and Nutrition Security

Challenging the Stereotypes: Small-scale black Farmers and Private Sector Support Programmes in South Africa A National scan

Can Agriculture Contribute to Inclusive Rural Economies? Findings from Southern Africa

Chronic and Structural Poverty in South Africa: Challenges for Action and Research

Forgotten by the Highway: Globalisation, Adverse Incorporation and Chronic Poverty in a Commercial Farming District

Poverty Measurement Blues: Some Reflections on the Space for Understanding 'Chronic' and 'Structural' Poverty in South Africa

Vulnerability and Social Protection at the Margins of the Formal Economy: Case Studies from Khayelitsha and the Eastern Cape

The Externalisation and Casualisation of Farm Labour in Western Cape Horticulture

The Role of Civil Society in Advocating for Transitional Justice in Uganda

Informal Social Protection in Post-Apartheid Migrant Networks: Vulnerability, Social Networks and Reciprocal Exchange in the Eastern and Western Cape, South Africa

In Search of South Africa's 'Second Economy': Chronic Poverty, Economic Marginalisation and Adverse Incorporation in Mt Frere and Khayelitsha

Trading on a Grant: Integrating Formal and Informal Social Protection in Post-Apartheid Migrant Networks

Nasruddin's Key: Poverty Measurement and the Government of Marginal Populations

The Trouble with Poverty: Reflections on South Africa's Post-Apartheid Anti-Poverty Consensus