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Thomas Cousins
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thomas-cousinsThomas Cousins is a social anthropologist with particular interests in health, labour, kinship,
and science studies. He recently completed a PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and
now teaches in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch
University. His doctoral dissertation was an ethnography of life around the timber
plantations of northern KwaZulu-Natal, focussing on the logic and effects of a nutrition
intervention for plantation workers in the context of a crisis of social reproduction and
bodily capacity. He continues to conduct fieldwork on the intersections of nutrition, the
body, politics, and public health. He is currently part of a collective effort to re-imagine the
practice of anthropology from Stellenbosch as a peculiar location for the study of
populations, persons, and politics.
1. Cousins, T, L Reynolds, M-L Newell, J Imrie. “The Social Dynamics of Consent and
Refusal in HIV Surveillance in Rural South Africa”, Social Science & Medicine 77
(2013), pp. 118-125.
2. Cousins, T. 2009. Politics and the Grammar of Mutuality. The Johannesburg Salon, Vol.
1. The Johanesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism.
3. Du Toit A, Skuse A, Cousins T. 2007. The Political Economy of Social Capital:
Chronic Poverty, Remoteness and Gender in the Rural Eastern Cape. Social Identities
13:521-40
4. Skuse A, Cousins T. 2007a. Managing Distance: Rural Poverty and the Promise of
Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Journal of Asian and African Studies
42:185-207
5. Skuse A, Cousins T. 2007b. Spaces of Resistance: Informal Settlement,
Communication and Community Organisation in a Cape Town Township. Urban
Studies 44:979-95
6. Skuse A, Cousins T. 2008. Getting Connected: the Social Dynamics of Urban
Telecommunications Access and Use in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. New Media and
Society 10:5-22