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Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo


Gardens are immobile, literally rooted in the earth, but they are also shaped by migration and by the transnational movement of ideas, practices, plants, and seeds. This book reveals how successive conquests and diverse migrations have made Southern California gardens, and in turn how gardens influence social inequality, work, leisure, status, and our experiences of nature and community. Drawing on historical archival research, ethnography, and over one hundred interviews with a wide range of people including suburban homeowners, paid Mexican immigrant gardeners, professionals at the most elit ... More

Keywords: gardens, migration, Southern California, social inequality, leisure, nature, community, global migrations, garden landscapes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277762
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author
University of Southern California