Food traditions and landscape histories of the Indian Ocean World : theoretical and methodological reflections

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Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Titre
Food traditions and landscape histories of the Indian Ocean World : theoretical and methodological reflections
Périodique
Environment and History
Auteur(s)
Rangan H., Alpers E., Denham T., Kull Ch. A. , Carney J.
ISSN
0967-3407
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2015
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
21
Numéro
1
Pages
135-157
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Environmental histories of plant exchanges have largely centred on their eco- nomic importance in international trade and on their ecological and social impacts in the places where they were introduced. Yet few studies have at- tempted to examine how plants brought from elsewhere become incorporated over time into the regional cultures of material life and agricultural landscapes. This essay considers the theoretical and methodological problems in inves- tigating the environmental history, diversity and distribution of food plants transferred across the Indian Ocean over several millennia. It brings together concepts of creolisation, syncretism, and hybridity to outline a framework for understanding how biotic exchanges and diffusions have been translated into regional landscape histories through food traditions, ritual practices and articu- lation of cultural identity. We use the banana plant - which underwent early domestication across New Guinea, South-east Asia and peninsular India and reached East Africa roughly two thousand years ago - as an example for il- lustrating the diverse patterns of incorporation into the cultural symbolism, material life and regional landscapes of the Indian Ocean World. We show that this cultural evolutionary approach allows new historical insights to emerge and enriches ongoing debates regarding the antiquity of the plant's diffusion from South-east Asia to Africa.
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