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Department of Anthropology
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Pamela Reynolds

Professor Emerita


Research Interests:
Ethnography of children and youth - labor, healing, ethics; state violence; the political actions of the young and their involvement in armed conflict; ending war - truth, justice, and the archive; philosophers on the young; Southern Africa

Summary of Research Activities:
I am writing a book based on fieldwork undertaken from 1996 to 2000 on “An Ethnographic Study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the Role of Youth” I am involved in the SSRC and UNO Research Project on Children in Armed Conflict that has just secured two major grants.With Lori Leonard and Veena Das, I am working with adolescent girls who have HIV in a four city project. I continue to work with ex-activists in the Western Cape. With Routledge Press I am negotiating a possible series on Childhood.

Major Publications:


  • Violence andSubjectivity. 2000.  Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman,  Mamphela Ramphele  and Pamela Reynolds,
    eds. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Remaking a World: Violence, Socila Suffering and Recovery.2001.Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman,
    Margaret Lock, Mamphele Ramphele and Pamela Reynolds, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Traditional Healers and Childhood in Zimbabwe, 1996.  Ohio: Ohio University Press.
  • Dance Civet Cat.  Child Labour in the Zambezi Valley. London: 1991 ZED (with Ohio University Press and Baobab Publications).
  • Lwaano Lwanyika.  The Tonga Book of the Earth (with Colleen Cousins).  1991 Harare: C Cousins.  Received the Noma Award with Honourable Mention.  Two editions published:  one in English and one in Tonga. Republished by the International African Institute and PANOS in 1993 for world-wide distribution.
  • Childhood in Crossroads.  Cognition and Society in South Africa.  1989 Cape Town: David Philip (with W. B. Eerdmans).
  • Growing Up in a Divided Society:  The Contexts of Childhood in South Africa (edited with Sandra Burman).  1986 Johannesburg: Ravan Press.  Re-issued in hardback and paperback by Northwestern University Press (with a new Preface by Robert Coles), 1990.

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