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The Resource Witches, tea plantations, and lives of migrant laborers in India : tempest in a teapot, Soma Chaudhuri

Witches, tea plantations, and lives of migrant laborers in India : tempest in a teapot, Soma Chaudhuri

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Witches, tea plantations, and lives of migrant laborers in India : tempest in a teapot
Title
Witches, tea plantations, and lives of migrant laborers in India
Title remainder
tempest in a teapot
Statement of responsibility
Soma Chaudhuri
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India: Tempest in Teapot is a unique book that brings together a holistic theoretical approach on the subject of witchcraft accusations, specifically those taking place inside a tea workers' community in India. Using a combination of in-depth and extensive qualitative methods, and drawing on sociological, anthropological, and historical perspectives, Chaudhuri explores how adivasi (tribal) migrant workers use witchcraft accusations to deal with worker-management conflict. Chaudhuri argues that witchcraft accusations can be interpreted as a periodic reaction of the adivasi worker community against their oppression by the plantation management. The typical avenues of social protest are often unavailable to marginalized workers due to lack of organizational and political representation and resources. As a result, the dain (witch) becomes a scapegoat for the malice of the plantation economy. Within this discourse, witch hunts can be seen not as exotic and primitive rituals of a backward community, but rather as a powerful protest by a community against its oppressors. The book attempts to understand the complex network of relationships--ties of friendship, family, politics, and gender--that provide the necessary legitimacy for the witch hunt to take place. In most cases examined here, seemingly petty conflicts within the villagers often escalate to a hunt. At the height of the conflict, the exploitative relationship between the plantation management and the adivasi migrant workers often gets hidden. The book demonstrates how witchcraft accusations should be interpreted within this backdrop of labor-planters relationship, characterized by rigidity of power, patronage, and social distance. Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India should appeal to criminologists, sociologists, anthropologists, labor historians, gender scholars, labor migration scholars, witch hunt and witchcraft accusation global scholars, adivasi scholars, South Asian scholars, and anyone interested in India's tribes, witchcraft accusations, gender in a global world, labor conflict, and Indian tea plantations --
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1977-
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Chaudhuri, Soma
Dewey number
133.43095414
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Witch hunting
  • Witch hunting
  • Witches
  • Tea plantation workers
  • Women tea plantation workers
  • Migrant agricultural laborers
  • Adivasis
  • Jalpaiguri (India : District)
Label
Witches, tea plantations, and lives of migrant laborers in India : tempest in a teapot, Soma Chaudhuri
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgments Prologue Chapter 1: The Politics of Witchcraft Accusations and Witch Hunts: An Introduction Chapter 2: Theory and Literature on Witchcraft Accusations and Witch Hunts Chapter 3: Two Leaves and a Bud: The Beginning Chapter 4: Categorization of Witch Hunts Chapter 5: Women, Moral Boundaries, and Gossip in the Plantation Chapter 6: Tea Plantation Politics, Oppression, and Protest Chapter 7: Towards a New Direction: Activism and Protests Appendix A: Outline of Interview Guides Appendix B: Selected List of Participants for the Interviews Appendix C: List of Abbreviations Appendix D: Glossary Bibliography Index
Control code
FIEb17453586
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 193 pages
Isbn
9780739149942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)842111810
Label
Witches, tea plantations, and lives of migrant laborers in India : tempest in a teapot, Soma Chaudhuri
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgments Prologue Chapter 1: The Politics of Witchcraft Accusations and Witch Hunts: An Introduction Chapter 2: Theory and Literature on Witchcraft Accusations and Witch Hunts Chapter 3: Two Leaves and a Bud: The Beginning Chapter 4: Categorization of Witch Hunts Chapter 5: Women, Moral Boundaries, and Gossip in the Plantation Chapter 6: Tea Plantation Politics, Oppression, and Protest Chapter 7: Towards a New Direction: Activism and Protests Appendix A: Outline of Interview Guides Appendix B: Selected List of Participants for the Interviews Appendix C: List of Abbreviations Appendix D: Glossary Bibliography Index
Control code
FIEb17453586
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 193 pages
Isbn
9780739149942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)842111810

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