Download The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade by Sarah Besky PDF

By Sarah Besky

Nestled within the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, Darjeeling is synonymous with a few of the best and costliest tea on the earth. it's also domestic to a violent stream for neighborhood autonomy that, just like the tea undefined, dates again to the times of colonial rule.

In this nuanced ethnography, Sarah Besky narrates the lives of tea staff in Darjeeling. She explores how notions of equity, worth, and justice shifted with the increase of fair-trade practices and postcolonial separatist politics within the sector. this can be the 1st booklet to discover how fair-trade operates within the context of large-scale plantations.

Readers in numerous disciplines—anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental experiences, and nutrition studies—will achieve a severe standpoint on how plantation lifestyles is altering as Darjeeling struggles to reinvent its signature commodity for twenty-first-century shoppers. The Darjeeling contrast demanding situations fair-trade coverage and perform, exposing how exchange projects usually fail to contemplate the bigger environmental, ancient, and sociopolitical forces that form the lives of the folks they meant to aid.

Show description

Read or Download The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India PDF

Similar anthropology books

Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism

Past Human investigates what it capability to name ourselves humans on the subject of either our far-off previous and our attainable futures as a species, and the questions this may elevate for our dating with the myriad species with which we proportion the planet. Drawing on insights from zoology, theology, cultural stories and aesthetics, a global line-up of members discover such issues as our origins as mirrored in early cave paintings within the top Palaeolithic via to our clients on the vanguard of latest biotechnology.

Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources

John Muir used to be an early proponent of a view we nonetheless carry today—that a lot of California used to be pristine, untouched barren region ahead of the arriving of Europeans. yet as this groundbreaking booklet demonstrates, what Muir used to be fairly seeing whilst he well-known the grand vistas of Yosemite and the gold and red flora carpeting the principal Valley have been the fertile gardens of the Sierra Miwok and Valley Yokuts Indians, transformed and made efficient by means of centuries of harvesting, tilling, sowing, pruning, and burning.

Linguistic Ideologies of Native American Language Revitalization: Doing the Lost Language Ghost Dance

The concept that of this quantity is that the paradigm of eu nationwide languages (official orthography; language standardization; complete use of language in such a lot daily contexts) is imposed in cookie-cutter style on so much language revitalization efforts of local American languages. whereas this version suits the sovereign prestige of many local American teams, it doesn't meet the linguistic ideology of local American groups, and creates tasks and items that don't have interaction the groups which they're meant to serve.

Additional resources for The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India

Sample text

I suggest that discourses of injustice, too, depend on ideals and imaginaries. We can begin to trace the act of doing justice anthropologically by studying whose imaginaries of injustice gain political traction, and why. In Darjeeling, movements for justice invariably depend upon imaginaries of tea plantation landscapes, labor, and life. Since the founding of tea plantations in the region over 150 years ago, the plantation has been imagined as a space for moral action, from colonial environmental and social “improvements” in the nineteenth century, to labor-management struggles in the early and middle twentieth century, to fair trade, GI, and subnationalism in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

That silver was then sent back to Canton to pay for tea. The East India Company maintained that its officials were not themselves participating in—or even condoning—the opium trade with China, but British East India Company opium production increased exponentially between the 1760s and the 1830s. Despite all attempts by Chinese government officials to control the trade and consumption of opium, circulation intensified. This trade surge culminated in the Chinese government’s seizure and burning of one year’s worth of opium and the imprisonment of both British and Chinese agents involved in the trade of that stash.

The process of withering removes the excess moisture from the tea leaves. Photo by author. fully fermented. Within this green-oolong-black spectrum, there is a great deal of variety in taste and appearance. Third, the fermented but still damp leaves are put into a rolling machine. Usually, the withering and fermentation processes take place on the upper floor of a tea factory. To initiate the rolling process, tea slides down a chute from the upper floor. Around and around and around, the tea leaves are pressed and rolled in antique British-era contraptions that look like metallic grain mills.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.96 of 5 – based on 33 votes