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Steeped in Heritage : The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea - by Sarah Ives (Hardcover)

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South African rooibos tea is a commodity of contrasts. Renowned for its healing properties, the rooibos plant grows in a region defined by the violence of poverty, dispossession, and racism. And while rooibos is hailed as an ecologically indigenous commodity, it is farmed by people who struggle to express “authentic” belonging to the land: Afrikaners, who espouse a “white” African indigeneity, and “coloureds,” who are characterized either as the mixed-race progeny of “extinct” Bushmen or as possessing a false identity, indigenous to nowhere. In Steeped in Heritage Sarah Ives explores how these groups advance alternate claims of indigeneity based on the cultural ownership of an indigenous plant. This heritage-based struggle over rooibos shows how communities negotiate landscapes marked by racial dispossession within an ecosystem imperiled by climate change and precarious social relations in the postapartheid era.
Number of Pages: 255
Genre: Social Science, History
Series Title: New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Author: Sarah Ives
Language: English
Street Date: October 27, 2017
TCIN: 53074530
UPC: 9780822369868
Item Number (DPCI): 248-54-1595
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