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Disciplining Coolies Amar Wahab

Disciplining Coolies

$52.95

Medios de pago

    Disciplining Coolies

    Editorial: Peter Lang

    Idioma: Inglés

    ISBN: 9781433156175

    Formatos: PDF (con DRM de Adobe)

    $52.95

    Medios de pago
      Disciplining Coolies Amar Wahab

      Disciplining Coolies

      $52.95

      Medios de pago

        Disciplining Coolies

        Editorial: Peter Lang

        Idioma: Inglés

        ISBN: 9781433156175

        Formatos: PDF (con DRM de Adobe)

        $52.95

        Medios de pago
          Sinopsis
          The early years of the East Indian Indentureship system in the Caribbean saw experiments on "coolie" laborers under the British Empire. Colonial Trinidad was one of the main sites for this experiment. This book foregrounds one of the earliest cases (1846) of occupational and physical cruelty against East Indian indentured laborers in Trinidad within this very early period of experimentation. It presents and analyzes the full transcripts of an inquiry concerning the ill-treatment of "coolie" laborers and the severe punishment and death of one laborer, Kunduppa, by a Scottish planter in Trinidad. Drawing on the concepts of discipline, governmentality, and Orientalism, the main argument of the manuscript is that within the early experimental period of Indentureship, the figure of the "coolie" and disciplinary tactics of bodily torture were instrumental to redrafting and stabilizing the colonial governance of contract labor. It also argues that Crown investigations of "coolie" abuse and death became occasions for establishing a new colonial order, in which the disciplinary powers of planters were curbed in the interest of protecting and "caring" for the "coolie" —a discourse that was crucial to re-inventing colonial rule as benevolent. As such, the author’s analysis of colonial violence has crucial implications for critically re-thinking colonial liberalism and its legacies in the present.

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