African Ethnobotany in the Americas

Editors: Voeks, Robert, Rashford, John (Eds.)

  • First in-depth study of ethnobotanical knowledge and skills among the African Diaspora in the Americas
  • Includes original archival and field work
  • Comprehensive visual content, including approximately 105 illustrations and photographs
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African Ethnobotany in the Americas provides the first comprehensive examination of ethnobotanical knowledge and skills among the African Diaspora in the Americas. Leading scholars on the subject explore the complex relationship between plant use and meaning among the descendants of Africans in the New World. With the aid of archival and field research carried out in North America, South America, and the Caribbean, contributors explore the historical, environmental, and political-ecological factors that facilitated/hindered  transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the role of Africans as active agents of plant and plant knowledge transfer during the period of plantation slavery in the Americas; the significance of cultural resistance in refining and redefining plant-based traditions; the principal categories of plant use that resulted; the exchange of knowledge among Amerindian, European and other African peoples; and the changing significance of  African-American ethnobotanical traditions in the 21st century.

 

Bolstered by abundant visual content and contributions from renowned experts in the field, African Ethnobotany in the Americas is an invaluable resource for students, scientists, and researchers in the field of ethnobotany and African Diaspora studies.

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From the reviews:

“This fascinating book, written by inquisitive authors, should be required reading for ethnoecological scholars. It documents the essential importance of African peoples and plants in the Americas through fruitful methodological syntheses of ethnobotanical and ethnoecological approaches, both diachronic and synchronic.” (Egleé L. Zent, Ethnobiology Letters, Vol. 4, October, 2013)

“A rich and exciting volume that joins a burgeoning effort to widen the ethnobotanical gaze, embracing the dynamisms of diaspora, migration, and disturbance. … volume will find great utility among scholars of ethnobotany, per se, but most any reader interested in the human–environment interface will find value in its clear prose and probing of historical discussions. The volume will make an effective course reader for undergraduates in geography, anthropology, and other disciplines, as it provides a compelling window into contemporary research methodologies and approaches.” (Case Watkins, The AAG Review of Books, Vol. 1 (4), 2013)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Voeks, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Seeds of Memory: Botanical Legacies of the African Diaspora

    Carney, Judith

    Pages 13-33

  • Did Enslaved Africans Spark South Carolina’s Eighteenth-Century Rice Boom?

    Alpern, Stanley B.

    Pages 35-66

  • African Origins of Sesame Cultivation in the Americas

    Bedigian, Dorothea

    Pages 67-120

  • By the Rivers of Babylon: The Lowcountry Basket in Slavery and Freedom

    Rosengarten, Dale

    Pages 123-152

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eBook $64.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0835-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Ethnobotany in the Americas
Editors
  • Robert Voeks
  • John Rashford
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0836-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0836-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0835-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 429
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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