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Paradise TransplantedMigration and the Making of California Gardens$
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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520277762

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520277762.001.0001

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Gardens of Migration

Gardens of Migration

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(p.1) 1 Gardens of Migration
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Paradise Transplanted
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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277762.003.0001

This chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine Southern California gardens through a migration lens. It argues that we cannot understand these gardens without acknowledging that nearly all the plants, the people, and the water in Southern California have come from elsewhere. The book underscores the sociological implications of migration and gardens, unearthing social, cultural, and economic consequences of Southern California gardens. It shares what the author has learned in her study of paid immigrant gardeners in suburban residential gardens; urban community gardens in some of the poorest, most densely populated neighborhoods of Los Angeles; and the most elite botanical garden in the West. The remainder of the chapter sketches three claims that frame the present study; discusses why sociology has ignored gardens; and describes the methodology used in the study; and provides an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Southern California, migration, immigrant gardeners, residential gardens, urban community gardens, botanical garden

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