Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones

Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones

by Gary Y Okihiro
     
 

Plucked from tropical America, the pineapple was brought to European tables and hothouses before it was conveyed back to the tropics, where it came to dominate U.S. and world markets. Pineapple Culture is a dazzling history of the world's tropical and temperate zones told through the pineapple's illustrative career. Following Gary Y. Okihiro's

Overview

Plucked from tropical America, the pineapple was brought to European tables and hothouses before it was conveyed back to the tropics, where it came to dominate U.S. and world markets. Pineapple Culture is a dazzling history of the world's tropical and temperate zones told through the pineapple's illustrative career. Following Gary Y. Okihiro's enthusiastically received Island World: A History of Hawaii and the United States, Pineapple Culture continues to upend conventional ideas about history, space, and time with its provocative vision. At the center of the story is the thoroughly modern tale of Dole's "Hawaiian" pineapple, which, from its island periphery, infiltrated the white, middle-class homes of the continental United States. The transit of the pineapple brilliantly illuminates the history and geography of empires—their creations and accumulations; the circuits of knowledge, capital, labor, goods, and the cultures that characterize them; and their assumed power to name, classify, and rule over alien lands, peoples, and resources.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

“Superbly researched and girded by a strong theoretical framework.”
Agricultural History

“It is certainly a good read.”
Canadian Journal Of History - Chana Kraus-Friedberg

“Okihiro’s global approach is fascinating.”
Booklist

“Seamlessly fusing geography with anthropology, horticulture with international politics, Okihiro draws a comprehensive portrait of how a singular fruit can unite a world.”
Natural History

“Okihiro’s narrative is filled with juicy tidbits of pineapple lore.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255135
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
California World History Library Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Seamlessly fusing geography with anthropology, horticulture with international politics, Okihiro draws a comprehensive portrait of how a singular fruit can unite a world."—Booklist

"Take a lesson from this wondrous tropical fruit and read on."—Natural History

"Superbly researched and girded by a strong theoretical framework."—Choice

"It is certainly a good read."—Agricultural History

"Okihiro's narrative is filled with juicy tidbits of pineapple lore."—Natural History

Meet the Author


Gary Y. Okihiro is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Among his books are Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States (UC Press) and Common Ground: Reimagining American History.

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