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The Resource Coolies of Capitalism : Assam Tea and the Making of Coolie Labour, Nitin Varma, (electronic resource)

Coolies of Capitalism : Assam Tea and the Making of Coolie Labour, Nitin Varma, (electronic resource)

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Coolies of Capitalism : Assam Tea and the Making of Coolie Labour
Title
Coolies of Capitalism
Title remainder
Assam Tea and the Making of Coolie Labour
Statement of responsibility
Nitin Varma
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
""Coolie" is a generic category for the "unskilled" manual labour. The offering of services for hire had various pre-colonial lineages. In the nineteenth century there was an attempt to recast the term in discursive constructions and material practices for "mobilized-immobilized" labour. Coolie labour was often proclaimed as a deliberate compromise straddling the regimes of the past (slave labour) and the future (free labour). It was portrayed as a stage in a promised transition. The tea plantations of Assam, like many other tropical plantations in South Asia, were inaugurated and formalized during this period. They were initially worked by the locals. In the late 1850s, the locals were replaced by labourers imported from outside the province who were unquestioningly designated "coolies" in the historical literature. Qualifying this framework of transition (local to coolie labour) and introduction (of coolie labour), this study makes a case for the "production" of coolie labour in the history of the colonial-capitalist plantations in Assam. The intention of the research is not to suggest an unfettered agency of colonial-capitalism in defining and "producing" coolies, with an emphasis on the attendant contingencies, negotiations, contestations and crises. The study intervenes in the narratives of an abrupt appearance of the archetypical coolie of the tea gardens (i.e., imported and indentured) and situates this archetype's emergence, sustenance and shifts in the context of material and discursive processes."--
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DE-B1597
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Varma, Nitin.,
Government publication
other
Language note
In English
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
  • Work in Global and Historical Perspective
  • Open Access e-Books
Series volume
2
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Labor
  • Tea trade
  • Working class
Target audience
specialized
Label
Coolies of Capitalism : Assam Tea and the Making of Coolie Labour, Nitin Varma, (electronic resource)
Link
https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110463170
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Drink and Work
  • 5. Dustoor of Plantations
  • 6. Gandhi baba ka Hookum
  • 7. Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Frontmatter
  • Content
  • List of Tables and Graphs
  • List of Figures
  • Introduction
  • 1. Tea in the Colony
  • 2. Contracts, Contractors and Coolies
  • 3. Unpopular Assam
Control code
9783110463170
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783110463170
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9783110463170
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)979589966
Label
Coolies of Capitalism : Assam Tea and the Making of Coolie Labour, Nitin Varma, (electronic resource)
Link
https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110463170
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Drink and Work
  • 5. Dustoor of Plantations
  • 6. Gandhi baba ka Hookum
  • 7. Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Frontmatter
  • Content
  • List of Tables and Graphs
  • List of Figures
  • Introduction
  • 1. Tea in the Colony
  • 2. Contracts, Contractors and Coolies
  • 3. Unpopular Assam
Control code
9783110463170
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783110463170
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9783110463170
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)979589966

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