By Piya Chatterjee
During this inventive, ethnographic, and old critique of work practices on an Indian plantation, Piya Chatterjee presents a worldly exam of the creation, intake, and stream of tea. A Time for Tea finds how the feminine tea-pluckers noticeable in advertisements—picturesque girls in mist-shrouded fields—came to represent the guts of colonialism in India. Chatterjee exposes how this photo has distracted from poor operating stipulations, low wages, and coercive hard work practices enforced via the patronage system.Allowing own, scholarly, and inventive voices to talk in flip and in tandem, Chatterjee discusses the fetishization of girls who hard work less than colonial, postcolonial, and now neofeudal stipulations. In telling the overarching tale of commodity and empire, A Time for Tea demonstrates that on the middle of those narratives of go back and forth, conquest, and payment are compelling tales of ladies staff. whereas exploring the worldwide and political dimensions of neighborhood practices of gendered hard work, Chatterjee additionally displays at the privileges and paradoxes of her personal “decolonization” as a 3rd global feminist anthropologist. The e-book concludes with a longer mirrored image at the cultures of hierarchy, strength, and distinction within the plantation’s villages. It explores the overlapping methods during which gender, caste, and ethnicity represent the interlocked patronage procedure of villages and their fields of work. The tropes of coercion, consent, and resistance are threaded throughout the discussion.A Time for Tea will attract anthropologists and historians, South Asianists, and people attracted to colonialism, postcolonialism, exertions experiences, and comparative or foreign feminism.Designated a John desire Franklin middle booklet by means of the loo wish Franklin Seminar team on Race, faith, and Globalization.
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Again, she is left in the near dark. ’’ What I call ‘‘signiﬁcations of the feminine’’ emerge through ascriptions of purity within explicitly feminized bodily disciplines. From these emerged the iconic image of dismemberment and allure: women’s ﬁngers Travels of Tea, Travels of Empire 6457 Chatterjee / A TIME FOR TEA / sheet 44 of 434 poised over a ﬂutter of green leaves. Metaphoric dismemberment and actual acts of dismemberment feminize the history of tea. Tea ‘‘cultivation’’ is imbued, for now, with a slight gesture toward the violence of descriptive dismemberment, the transcendence of poems.
But the colony did not want its tea to subsidize colonial rumbles, and this fateful ﬁscal strategy would boomerang with revolutionary force less than a decade later. Because of the tax, enterprising smugglers brought tea cargoes to the eastern seaboard of North America, and the East India Company found itself saddled with large supplies of surplus tea. Given its balanceof-payments crises with China, it was determined to recover some costs from the American colony. After extensive lobbying through parliament, the British made a fateful decision.
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A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation by Piya Chatterjee