Emeritus Professor Anne Mager began teaching in the Department of Economic History in 1990 and after its demise joined the Department of Historical Studies. Her main teaching interests are in gender history, transnational and comparative south-south history and economic history. Prior to becoming a historian, Anne spent ten years working in curriculum development and educational transformation in NGOs in southern Africa.
Her recent book, Beer, Sociability and Masculinity in South Africa (2010) follows an interdisciplinary approach while her first book, Gender and the Making of a South African Bantustan: A Social History of the Ciskei, 1945-1959 (1999) adopts gender as a central organizing concept. Her publications include chapters in books and articles in journals including Past and Present, the Journal of African History and the Journal of Southern African Studies.
The National Research Foundation rated her as a B2 researcher.
Anne Mager served as an editor of the Journal of African History from 2003 to 2009.
(Co-edited with Robert Ross and Bill Nasson), Cambridge History of South Africa, Vol. 2: 1885-1994 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
(Co-authored with Maanda Mulaudzi), “Popular Responses to Apartheid: 1948 – c. 1975”, in Robert Ross, Anne Mager and Bill Nasson (eds.), Cambridge History of South Africa, Vol. 2:1885-1994 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 369-408. Beer, Sociability and Masculinity in South Africa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010). Gender and the making of a South African Bantustan: a social history of the Ciskei, 1945-1959 (London: James Currey, Portsmouth: Heinemann, and Cape Town: David Philip, 1999)
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
“Apartheid and Business: Competition, Monopoly and the Growth of the Malted Beer Industry in South Africa”, Business History, 50: 3 (2008), pp. 272-290. “Redefining the Shebeen: The Illicit Liquor Trade in South Africa, c. 1950 – 1990”, in Leigh Dale and Helen Gilbert (eds.), Economies of Representation: Colonialism and Commerce (Surrey: Ashgate, 2007).
“Trafficking in Liquor, Trafficking in Heritage: Beer Branding as Heritage in Post-apartheid South Africa”, International Journal of Heritage Studies 12: 2 (2006), pp. 159-175.
“One Beer, One Goal, One Nation, One Soul’: South African Breweries, Heritage, Masculinity and Nationalism 1960–1999”, Past and Present, 88: 1 (2005), pp. 163-194.
“White Liquor Hits Black Livers’: Meanings of Excessive Liquor Consumption in South Africa in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century”, Social Science and Medicine, 59: 4 (2004), pp. 735-751.
“Migrancy, Marriage and Family in the Ciskei Reserve of South Africa, 1945-1959”, in Pamela Sharpe (ed.), Women, Gender and Labour Migration: Historical and Global Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 259-274.
“The First Decade of ‘European Beer’ in Apartheid South Africa: The State, the Brewers and the Drinking Public, 1962–72”, Journal of African History, 40:3 (1999), pp. 367-388.