Steeped in Heritage: The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea (New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century) (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Sarah Ives is a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780822369936
ISBN-10: 0822369931
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: October 27th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century