255pp., illus., map, paperback, Durham, 2017
"Steeped in Heritage is a vivid and insightful account of the complex politics that link people to places via the intermediary of the botanical world (in this case, a scrubbly little 'red bush'). By taking rooibos tea as a window onto our times, it provides an original and enormously illuminating perspective on race and racialization, cultural identity and indigeneity, the globalization of niche commodity markets, and much more. A remarkable book." James Ferguson, author of "Give A Man a Fish: reflections on the new politics of distribution"
"This beautifully written ethnography is a major contribution to the literature on commodities. 'Steeped in Heritage' brilliantly brings together the political ecology of a commodity with an astute analysis of the intersection of land-based politics and questions about race, labor, and spatial and economic belonging." Paige West, author of From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: the social world of coffee from Papua New Guinea
Sarah Ives is a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Standford University.