The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India (California Studies in Food and Culture)

The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India (California Studies in Food and Culture)

Sarah Besky


Nestled within the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, Darjeeling is synonymous with a few of the best and costliest tea on this planet. it's also domestic to a violent circulate for neighborhood autonomy that, just like the tea undefined, dates again to the times of colonial rule.

during this nuanced ethnography, Sarah Besky narrates the lives of tea employees in Darjeeling. She explores how notions of equity, worth, and justice shifted with the increase of fair-trade practices and postcolonial separatist politics within the region.  this is often the 1st publication to discover how fair-trade operates within the context of large-scale plantations. 

Readers in numerous disciplines—anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental experiences, and foodstuff studies—will achieve a serious point of view on how plantation existence is altering as Darjeeling struggles to reinvent its signature commodity for twenty-first-century shoppers. The Darjeeling Distinction demanding situations fair-trade coverage and perform, exposing how alternate projects usually fail to contemplate the bigger environmental, ancient, and sociopolitical forces that form the lives of the folks they meant to support.

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