Title Tea & Solidarity
Subtitle Tamil Women & Work in Postwar Sri Lanka
Author Mythri Jegathesan
ISBN 9780295745671
List price GBP 23.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 288
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Washington press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Reviews:

“Using compelling stories, impressive fieldwork, and thorough archival research, Mythri Jegathesan explores the desires of contemporary plantation workers and their efforts to pursue social and economic dignity.”

Caitrin Lynch, author of Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka’s Global Garment Industry

 

“Examines the lives of women residing (and often working) on tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, with emphasis on how the prevailing cultural norms and labor relations limit and disempower them.”

Michelle Gamburd, author of The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Disaster


Description:

Beyond nostalgic tea industry ads romanticizing colonial Ceylon and the impoverished conditions that beleaguer Tamil tea workers are the stories of the women, men, and children who have built their families and lives in line houses on tea plantations since the nineteenth century. The tea industry’s economic crisis and Sri Lanka’s twenty-six year long civil war have ushered in changes to life and work on the plantations, where family members now migrate from plucking tea to performing domestic work in the capital city of Colombo or farther afield in the Middle East. Using feminist ethnographic methods in research that spans the transitional time between 2008 and 2017, Mythri Jegathesan presents the lived experience of these women and men working in agricultural, migrant, and intimate labor sectors.

In Tea and Solidarity, Jegathesan seeks to expand anthropological understandings of dispossession, drawing attention to the political significance of gender as a key feature in investment and place making in Sri Lanka specifically, and South Asia more broadly. This vivid and engaging ethnography sheds light on an otherwise marginalized and often invisible minority whose labor and collective heritage of dispossession as “coolies” in colonial Ceylon are central to Sri Lanka’s global recognition, economic growth, and history as a postcolonial nation.


Contents:

Preface

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Note on Transliteration

Introduction

Unbecoming Labor

Chapter 1. Productive Alternatives

Chapter 2. Unfixing Language and Landscape

Chapter 3. Living the Wage

Chapter 4. Building Home

Chapter 5. “From The Womb to the Tomb”

Chapter 6. Dignity and Shame

Chapter 7. Contingent Solidarities

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index


About the Author:

Mythri Jegathesan is assistant professor of anthropology at Santa Clara University.


Target Audience:

People interested in anthropology, Asian studies, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. This book seeks to expand anthropological understandings of dispossession, drawing attention to the political significance of gender as a key feature in investment and place making in Sri Lanka specifically, and South Asia more broadly.

 

 
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