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The Resource Coolies of capitalism : Assam tea and the making of coolie labour, Nitin Varma

Coolies of capitalism : Assam tea and the making of coolie labour, Nitin Varma

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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
Title variation
Coolies of capitalism
Title variation remainder
Assam tea and the making of coolie labor
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Subject
Language
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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Varma, Nitin
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Work in global and historical perspective
Series volume
2
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  • Labor
  • Working class
  • Tea trade
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Coolies of capitalism : Assam tea and the making of coolie labour, Nitin Varma
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-242)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn967950094
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 242 pages
Isbn
9783110461152
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
some illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)967950094
Label
Coolies of capitalism : Assam tea and the making of coolie labour, Nitin Varma
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-242)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn967950094
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 242 pages
Isbn
9783110461152
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
some illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)967950094

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