Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest

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Offers an empirical labour history of the plantations of Sri Lanka, from their inception in the early nineteenth century to almost the present day, with a special focus on plantation workers (who have overwhelmingly been Tamils of Indian origin) and their struggles for economic, social and political rights. Special focus on the links between power and class, gender and ethnic hierarchies both on the plantations and outside. Plantation workers have traditionally been discriminated against economically (plantations in Sri Lanka were operated like slave plantations in the early nineteenth century) and have also been the subject of ethnic discrimination and Tamil/Sinhala conflict. Women workers have been particularly vulnerable. Traces the rising labour and political consciousness among plantation workers and their struggles for labour and democratic rights through the post-Independence period and into the twenty-first century. Particular attention paid to the role of political parties, trade unions and other pressure groups in supporting or opposing these rights.

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Book Description Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. First edition. Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations takes as its central theme the plantations of Sri Lanka, from their inception in the early nineteenth century to almost the present day in the twenty-first. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, it offers a detailed and compelling empirical narrative of the lives and struggles of plantation workers, who have constituted, for much of modern Sri Lankan history, the single largest organised workforce in the country. In doing so, it explores the complex links between power and class, gender and ethnic hierarchies both on the plantations and outside and crucially situates the labour movement on the plantations within the wider political and social economy of Sri Lanka. The current volume begins by tracing the origins of the plantations in then Ceylon, the acquisition of Indian Tamil workers and the labour practices during the colonial period. This in turn contextualises the subsequent discussion on rising labour and political consciousness among plantation workers and their struggles for labour and democratic rights, which the authors track through the post-Independence period and into the twenty-first century. Particular attention is paid to the role of political parties, trade unions and other pressure groups in supporting or opposing these rights, within a background of class, ethnic, linguistic and nationalist consciousness and chauvinism. The book provides an astute analysis of the strategic alliances and political manoeuvres made by the various actors in this struggle. This volume offers readers a truly integrated history of the labour movement on Sri Lankan plantations. It balances an empirically rich narrative with a nuanced analysis of the class, ethnic, linguistic and political consciousness that has informed and opposed the struggles of plantation labour on the island. Table of Contents Preface Publisher?s Acknowledgements List of Tables and Figures Introduction PART I: SLAVERY AND THE PLANTER RAJ 1. Legacies of Slavery 2. Influences of Slavery on Ceylon Plantations 3. ?Our Own Form of Slavery? 4. ?1001 Variations of Resistance? PART II: OUTSIDERS CHALLENGE THE PLANTER RAJ 5. Colonial Officials Raise Concerns 6. Urban Professionals Protest 7. The Indian Connection 8. Natesa Aiyar and the First Plantation Trade Union 9. Outsiders Demand Women?s Rights 10. The Left takes on the ?Planter Raj? PART III: FRANCHISE, NATIONAL POLITICS AND MILITANT UNIONISM 11. Controversies and Contestations over Franchise 12. Wildfire in Lipton? s Tea Garden 13. Industrial Relations 14. Workers? Militancy in the Pre-Independence Period PART IV: POLITICS OF CITIZENSHIP AND ETHNICITY 15. Citizenship, Statelessness and Repatriation 16. Ethnic Tensions and Citizenship (1954?1970) 17. ?Bare Subsistence to Grinding Poverty? 18. Political Concessions, Open Economy and Militancy 19. A Qualitative Leap Forward PART V: DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 20. Ethnic Conflict, Coalition Politics and Deepening Democracy 21. Social Justice and Human Development 22. Multiple Patriarchies and Politics 23. The Long March Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 364. Seller Inventory # 98574

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Book Description Orient BlackSwan, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Contents: Preface. Introduction. I. Slavery and the Planter Raj: 1. Legacies of slavery. 2. Influences of slavery on Ceylon plantations. 3. Our own form of slavery. 4. 1001 Variations of resistance. II. Outsiders Challenge the Planter Raj: 5. Colonial officials raise concerns. 6. Urban professionals protest. 7. The Indian connection. 8. Natesa Aiyar and the first plantation trade union. 9. Outsiders demand women’s rights. 10. The left takes on the planter raj. III. Franchise, National Politics and Militant Unionism: 11. Controversies and contestations over franchise. 12. Wildfire in Lipton’s tea garden. 13. Industrial relations. 14. Workers’ militancy in the pre-independence period. IV. Politics of Citizenship and Ethnicity: 15. Citizenship, statelessness and repatriation. 16. Ethnic tensions and citizenship (1954–1970). 17. Bare subsistence to grinding poverty. 18. Political concessions, open economy and militancy. 19. A qualitative leap forward. V. Democratic Struggles and Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century: 20. Ethnic conflict, coalition politics and deepening democracy. 21. Social justice and human development. 22. Multiple patriarchies and politics. 23. The long march. Bibliography. Index. Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations takes as its central theme the plantations of Sri Lanka, from their inception in the early nineteenth century to almost the present day in the twenty-first. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, it offers a detailed and compelling empirical narrative of the lives and struggles of plantation workers, who have constituted, for much of modern Sri Lankan history, the single largest organised workforce in the country. In doing so, it explores the complex links between power and class, gender and ethnic hierarchies both on the plantations and outside and crucially situates the labour movement on the plantations within the wider political and social economy of Sri Lanka. The current volume begins by tracing the origins of the plantations in then Ceylon, the acquisition of Indian Tamil workers and the labour practices during the colonial period. This in turn contextualises the subsequent discussion on rising labour and political consciousness among plantation workers and their struggles for labour and democratic rights, which the authors track through the post-Independence period and into the twenty-first century. Particular attention is paid to the role of political parties, trade unions and other pressure groups in supporting or opposing these rights, within a background of class, ethnic, linguistic and nationalist consciousness and chauvinism. The book provides an astute analysis of the strategic alliances and political manoeuvres made by the various actors in this struggle. This volume offers readers a truly integrated history of the labour movement on Sri Lankan plantations. It balances an empirically rich narrative with a nuanced analysis of the class, ethnic, linguistic and political consciousness that has informed and opposed the struggles of plantation labour on the island. Seller Inventory # 114921

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