By Piya Chatterjee

ISBN-10: 0822326744

ISBN-13: 9780822326748

ISBN-10: 0822326795

ISBN-13: 9780822326793

During this inventive, ethnographic, and ancient critique of work practices on an Indian plantation, Piya Chatterjee presents a cosmopolitan exam of the creation, intake, and movement of tea. A Time for Tea finds how the feminine tea-pluckers obvious in advertisements—picturesque girls in mist-shrouded fields—came to represent the guts of colonialism in India. Chatterjee exposes how this photograph has distracted from bad operating stipulations, low wages, and coercive exertions practices enforced by way of the patronage system.Allowing own, scholarly, and creative 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 girls 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 international feminist anthropologist. The booklet concludes with a longer mirrored image at the cultures of hierarchy, energy, and distinction within the plantation’s villages. It explores the overlapping tactics in 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 in the course of the discussion.A Time for Tea will attract anthropologists and historians, South Asianists, and people drawn to colonialism, postcolonialism, hard work experiences, and comparative or overseas feminism.Designated a John wish Franklin middle ebook by way of the loo desire Franklin Seminar workforce on Race, faith, and Globalization.

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Tea ‘‘cultivation’’ is imbued, for now, with a slight gesture toward the violence of descriptive dismemberment, the transcendence of poems. Later, it will fold into analogues of nimbleness and delicacy, inflecting the consumption and planting rituals of a still distant European empire and its Indian colony. Valued Tastes The demands of epicureans, tasters, and masters of the teahouse would demarcate the kinds of tea to be plucked and processed in the imperial plantations. Perhaps spaces of aristocratic consumption were created into cultivated domains of social refinement because they refracted the ostensibly pristine conditions of labor in one site of production.

Yet the commentary about food, and the analysis of jealousy, gestures to the strands of a political economy within which, for many, getting enough to eat is a constant struggle. As such, perceptions about gendered and cross-class solidarity within the immediate context of this research are written within the syntax of power and its moral economies. Hunger is its ineffable script. Translating this mise-en-scène of collective and dialogic static against the grain of the text is in one way impossible.

Reproduced in All the Tea in China, by Kit Chow and Ione Kramer, . The East India Company borrowed money from local Indian banks, used capital raised from sales of Indian cotton in Canton. A system of credit developed whereby the Company sold bills (redeemed in London) and used this silver to buy Chinese tea. The East India Company faced an astronomical deficit, and China remained the abyss: a silver-lined ‘‘black hole’’ of European commercial desire. In , Emperor Qian Long’s [Ch’ien-Lung] (r.

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