Author: Piya Chatterjee
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706534
In this creative, ethnographic and historical critique of labor practices on an Indian plantation, Piya Chatterjee provides a sophisticated examination of the production, consumption and circulation of tea. Allowing personal, scholarly and artistic voices to speak in turn, the author discusses the felicitation of women who labor under colonial, post/colonial and now neofeudal conditions.
A Time for Tea demonstrates that at the heart of these narratives of travel, conquest and settlement are compelling stories of women workers. While exploring the global and political dimensions of local practices of gendered labor, Chatterjee also reflects on the privileges and paradoxes of her own decolonization as a third world feminist anthropologist.
List of Illustrations
Travels of Tea, Travels of Empire
Cultivating the Garden
The Raj Baroque
Estates of a New Raj
Discipline and Labor
A Last Act