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100 1  Beinart, William.|0
245 10 Prickly pear :|bthe social history of a plant in the 
       Eastern Cape /|cWilliam Beinart and Luvuyo Wotshela. 
246 30 Social history of a plant in the Eastern Cape 
264  1 Johannesburg :|bWits University Press,|c2011. 
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505 0  Prickly pear brewing and local knowledge in the Eastern 
       Cape, 2000-2006 -- The spread of prickly pear, 1750-1900 -
       - Early debates about the control of prickly pears -- 
       Experiments with cactus in the Cape: a miracle fodder? 
       1900-1930 -- Eradicating an invader: entomologists,
       cactoblastis and cochineal, 1930-1960 -- The multi-purpose
       plant, 1950-2006 -- Scientists and re-evaluation of cactus
       for fodder and fruit, 1960-2006 -- Afrikaners and the 
       cultural revival of prickly pear -- Conclusion: back to 
       the brewers. 
520    While there are many studies of the global influence of 
       crops and plants, this is perhaps the first social history
       based around a plant in South Africa. Plants are not quite
       historical actors in their own right, but their properties
       and potential help to shape human history. Plants such as 
       prickly pear tend to be invisible to those who do not use 
       them, or at least on the peripheries of people's 
       consciousness. This book explains why they were not 
       peripheral to many people in the Eastern Cape and why a 
       wild and sometimes invasive cactus from Mexico, that found
       its way around the world over 200 years ago, remains 
       important to African women in shacks and small towns. The 
       central tension at the heart of this history concerns 
       different and sometimes conflicting human views of prickly
       pear. Some accepted or enjoyed its presence; others wished
       to eradicate it. While commercial livestock farmers 
       initially found the plant enormously valuable, they came 
       to see it as a scourge in the early twentieth century as 
       it invaded farms and commonages. But for impoverished 
       rural and small town communities of the Eastern Cape it 
       was a godsend. In some places it still provides a 
       significant income for poor black families. Debates about 
       prickly pear - and its cultivated spineless variety - have
       played out in unexpected ways over the last century and 
       more. Some scientists, once eradicationists, now see 
       varieties of spineless cactus as plants for the future, 
       eminently suited to a world beset by climate change and 
       global warming. The book also addresses central problems 
       around concepts of biodiversity. How do we balance, on the
       one hand, biodiversity conservation with, on the other, a 
       recognition that plant transfers - and species transfers 
       more generally - have been part of dynamic production 
       systems that have historically underpinned human 
       civilizations. American plants such as maize, cassava and 
       prickly pear have been used to create incalculable value 
       in Africa. Transferred plants are at the heart of many 
       agricultural systems, as well as hybrid botanical and 
       cultural landscapes, sometimes treasured, that are 
       unlikely to be entirely reversed. Some of these plants 
       displace local species, but are invaluable for local 
       livelihoods. Prickly Pear explores this dilemma over the 
       long term and suggests that there must be a significant 
       cultural dimension to ideas about biodiversity. The 
       content of Prickly Pear is based on intensive archival 
       research, on interviews conducted in the Eastern Cape by 
       the authors, as well as on their observations of how 
       people in the area use and consume the plant.--|cProvided 
       by publisher. 
650  0 Prickly pears|0
       sh85106626|zSouth Africa|zEastern Cape.|0
650  0 Prickly pears|0
       sh85106626|xEconomic aspects|0
       authorities/subjects/sh99005484|zSouth Africa|zEastern 
650  0 Alien plants|0
       subjects/sh99004902|zSouth Africa|zEastern Cape.|0http:// 
655  4 Electronic books. 
700 1  Wotshela, L. E.|0
776 08 |iPrint version:|z9781868145300|z1868145301
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       db=nlebk&AN=1885353|zView online 
990    eBooks on EBSCOhost|bEBSCO eBook Subscription Academic 
       Collection - North America|c2019-07-26|yMaster record 
       variable field(s) change: 505|5OHN 
990    eBooks on EBSCOhost|bEBSCO eBook Subscription Academic 
       Collection - North America|c2018-10-19|yAdded to 
       collection netlibrary.academicna|5OHN 

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