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Unfolding Crisis in Assam's Tea Plantations : Employment and Occupational Mobility.

Author: Deepak K Mishra; Vandana Upadhyay; Atul Sarma
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Series: Transition in Northeastern India.
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As the Indian economy integrates into global circuits of production, exchange and accumulation, the burdens of adjustment are shared unequally by different sectors, classes and regions. This study unravels the livelihood strategies and living conditions of labour in the tea gardens of Assam. The tea sector has been undergoing a crisis since the 1990s, with stagnant production, decline in exports, and closures of  Read more...
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Mishra, Deepak K.
Unfolding Crisis in Assam's Tea Plantations : Employment and Occupational Mobility.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Deepak K Mishra; Vandana Upadhyay; Atul Sarma
ISBN: 9781317809333 1317809335
OCLC Number: 880826524
Description: 1 online resource (349 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Tables; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; The Tea Industry in India; Labour and Globalisation; Labour in Globalising India; Situating Labour in the Context of the Present Crisis; Database and Methodology; 2. The Tea Sector in Assam in a Comparative Perspective; The Plantation Sector and World Capitalism; Conceptualising Plantation Economy; History of Tea Plantations in India; Growth of Tea Production in India; Tea in India: A Global Perspective; Growth of Tea Sector in States of India. Growth Performance of Tea in Assam: A District-level AnalysisSize-Class-wise Distribution of Tea Gardens; Size-Productivity Relationship in Tea Gardens; Farm-size-wise Growth of Productivity; Age Distribution of Tea Bushes; The Crisis in the Tea Industry; Conclusion; 3. Employment Characteristics of Tea Labour; Trends in Labour-use and Employment; Spatio-Temporal Variations in Labour Absorption; Growth in Labour Productivity; Employment Elasticity in the Tea Sector; Changing Composition of the Tea Labour Force; Supply of Labour: Historical Antecedents and Changing Realities. Collective Bargaining and Wage DeterminationConclusion; 4. Occupational Mobility among Tea Garden Labourers; Extent and Pattern of Intergenerational Occupational Mobility; The Occupational Distribution of Workers; Occupational Distribution of Fathers; Occupational Distribution of Grandfathers; Intergenerational Occupational Mobility; Intergenerational Occupational Mobility: Current Workers; Intergenerational Occupational Mobility: Earlier Generations; Determinants of Occupational Diversification and Mobility; Conclusion; 5. Causes and Implications of Occupational Mobility. Perceptions on Working Conditions and Occupational ChangeFactors Facilitating and Constraining Occupational Diversification; Access to Education; The Nature of the Local Economy; The Ethnic Dimension; Social Security; Conditions of Living; Demographic Characteristics of Labour Households; Access to Basic Amenities; Conclusion; 6. Conclusions; Appendix Ia: The Plantations Labour Act, 1951; Appendix Ib: The Plantations Labour (Amendment) Act, 2010; Appendix II; Bibliography; About the Authors; Index.
Series Title: Transition in Northeastern India.

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As the Indian economy integrates into global circuits of production, exchange and accumulation, the burdens of adjustment are shared unequally by different sectors, classes and regions. This study unravels the livelihood strategies and living conditions of labour in the tea gardens of Assam. The tea sector has been undergoing a crisis since the 1990s, with stagnant production, decline in exports, and closures of many tea gardens leading to large-scale retrenchments in the labour force. Based on a detailed analysis of secondary data and primary field research, the study examines the e.

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