By Piya Chatterjee
During this artistic, ethnographic, and old critique of work practices on an Indian plantation, Piya Chatterjee offers a worldly exam of the construction, intake, and move of tea. A Time for Tea finds how the feminine tea-pluckers noticeable in advertisements—picturesque ladies in mist-shrouded fields—came to represent the guts of colonialism in India. Chatterjee exposes how this snapshot has distracted from poor operating stipulations, low wages, and coercive hard work practices enforced by way of the patronage system.Allowing own, scholarly, and inventive voices to talk in flip and in tandem, Chatterjee discusses the fetishization of girls who exertions below colonial, postcolonial, and now neofeudal stipulations. In telling the overarching tale of commodity and empire, A Time for Tea demonstrates that on the center of those narratives of trip, conquest, and cost are compelling tales of girls staff. whereas exploring the worldwide and political dimensions of neighborhood practices of gendered exertions, Chatterjee additionally displays at the privileges and paradoxes of her personal “decolonization” as a 3rd international feminist anthropologist. The ebook concludes with a longer mirrored image at the cultures of hierarchy, energy, and distinction within the plantation’s villages. It explores the overlapping methods during which gender, caste, and ethnicity represent the interlocked patronage approach of villages and their fields of work. The tropes of coercion, consent, and resistance are threaded during the discussion.A Time for Tea will attract anthropologists and historians, South Asianists, and people attracted to colonialism, postcolonialism, exertions stories, and comparative or overseas feminism.Designated a John desire Franklin heart e-book by way of the toilet wish Franklin Seminar workforce on Race, faith, and Globalization.
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Perhaps a more collaborative politics of translation has begun. These are stories of the plantation that need to be told. They are more important than the medium of selfhood through which they are partially ﬁltered and understood. Their translation is multiply inﬂected by power. These narratives do not assert the nostalgia of lost origins. Neither do they shriek the clarion call of good intentions. 33 Captured into the written words of an academic text that will circulate in the global marketplace, this ethnography will perform an ironic fetishistic act.
42 From the sixteenth century, however,Chinese rulers were aware, and wary, of the growing European presence to the south. 43 Between and , however, the British were permitted to anchor their ships at the Whampoa anchorage in Canton. Between and , , pounds of tea were consumed in Britain. By , England was purchasing one-ﬁfth of all tea being imported into Europe. 45 By it was the most powerful trade cartel in the world and owed percent of its net proﬁt to the Chinese tea trade.
A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation by Piya Chatterjee