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The Darjeeling distinction : labor and justice on fair-trade tea plantations in India

Author: Sarah Besky
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press. C 2014.
Series: California studies in food and culture, 47.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, Darjeeling is synonymous with some of the finest and most expensive tea in the world. It is also home to a violent movement for regional autonomy that, like the tea industry, dates back to the days of colonial rule. In this nuanced ethnography, Sarah Besky narrates the lives of tea workers in Darjeeling. She explores how notions of fairness, value, and justice  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: The Darjeeling distinction [Ressource électronique] : labor and justice on fair-trade tea plantations in India / Sarah Besky
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
1 online resource (xx, 233 pages). (@California studies in food and culture)
978-0-520-95760-2
(ABES)18009968X
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Besky
ISBN: 9780520277380 0520277384 9780520277397 0520277392
OCLC Number: 892818888
Description: 1 volume (XX-233 p.) : ill., cartes. ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of Maps and Figures Acknowledgments Notes on Orthography and Usage Introduction: Reinventing the Plantation for the Twenty-first Century 1. Darjeeling 2. Plantation 3. Property 4. Fairness 5. Sovereignty Conclusion: Is Something Better Than Nothing? Notes Bibliography Index
Series Title: California studies in food and culture, 47.
Responsibility: Sarah Besky.

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"Nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, Darjeeling is synonymous with some of the finest and most expensive tea in the world. It is also home to a violent movement for regional autonomy that, like the tea industry, dates back to the days of colonial rule. In this nuanced ethnography, Sarah Besky narrates the lives of tea workers in Darjeeling. She explores how notions of fairness, value, and justice shifted with the rise of fair-trade practices and postcolonial separatist politics in the region. This is the first book to explore how fair-trade operates in the context of large-scale plantations. Readers in a variety of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, and food studies--will gain a critical perspective on how plantation life is changing as Darjeeling struggles to reinvent its signature commodity for twenty-first-century consumers. The Darjeeling Distinction challenges fair-trade policy and practice, exposing how trade initiatives often fail to consider the larger environmental, historical, and sociopolitical forces that shape the lives of the people they intended to support. " Présentation de l'éditeur.

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"Provides an important ethnographic contribution to the implications of long-distance trade and the deconstruction of different visions of justice in ethical trade." -- Julia Poerting Mountain Read more...

 
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