Erik Bähre

Erik Bähre specialises in economic anthropology in South Africa. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, as well as conducted surveys, in the townships and squatter settlements of Cape Town. His main research interests is on how dramatic economic changes affect social relations, particularly why they cause particular tensions within households, among kin, and neighbours. He has done research on financial mutuals among neighbours and migrants, on the provision of commercial insurances, social grants, and entrepeneurship. In 2002 Erik Bähre completed his PhD at the ASSR (now AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam, worked at the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) (1999-2000), University College Utrecht (2002-2005), at the University of Amsterdam (2004-2007) and was researcher at the department of anthropology at LSE, taking part in a ESRC funded research project on economic change in South Africa. He has been awarded a KNAW NIAS research fellowship that enables him to write a monograph manuscript on insurance in South Africa (2011-2012).
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Keywords: Economic anthropology, conflict, emotions, methodology, emerging markets, Netherlands, South Africa

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Institute Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
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