A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post Colonial Politics on by Piya Chatterjee

By Piya Chatterjee

During this inventive, ethnographic, and ancient critique of work practices on an Indian plantation, Piya Chatterjee offers a worldly exam of the creation, intake, and move of tea. A Time for Tea finds how the feminine tea-pluckers obvious in advertisements—picturesque ladies in mist-shrouded fields—came to represent the guts of colonialism in India. Chatterjee exposes how this snapshot has distracted from bad operating stipulations, low wages, and coercive exertions practices enforced through the patronage system.Allowing own, scholarly, and inventive voices to talk in flip and in tandem, Chatterjee discusses the fetishization of ladies who hard work below colonial, postcolonial, and now neofeudal stipulations. In telling the overarching tale of commodity and empire, A Time for Tea demonstrates that on the center of those narratives of shuttle, 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 international feminist anthropologist. The e-book concludes with a longer mirrored image at the cultures of hierarchy, energy, and distinction within the plantation’s villages. It explores the overlapping techniques wherein 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 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 desire Franklin heart booklet via the loo wish Franklin Seminar team on Race, faith, and Globalization.

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Tea had entered New Amsterdam’s colonial homes as early as . 52 The anglicization of the colonial market and transatlantic trade suggests a cultural economy in which an emulation of Englishness was manifested through rituals of consumption. ’’ 53 In the last decades of the eighteenth century, these polite parlors would be seized with revolutionary fervor, and the symbolic and mimetic rites of consumptions would enact a dramatic volte-face. Tea would come to symbolize the tyranny of the British crown.

19 19:46 text, through text, I am seeking a language of interruptions: one that begins to de/colonize paradigms that do not easily permit the expression of anguish and desperation, the body’s scripts of labor, silence, alienation. ’’ 30 The drama, like poetry, is a process continuously open to its own sad ruptures. This is its only claim. Situated Knowledges In the first weeks of , when I finally find a place to stay, I am rarely alone. Embraced by honest curiosity, I am invited to many rituals of welcome.

Only the narrator’s lantern with its low light is left on. These aesthetics of tea would enact with courtly mien the imperial manners of the Chinese nobility, the consummate and immaculate gentility of the host. Indeed, eight centuries after the inscription of these aristocratic codes of consumption, as if through a strange mimesis, another set of ritual aesthetics would be played out in the royal parlors of another vast and powerful empire. The association of tea drinking with the detached moderation of Buddhism is well established.

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