Coolies, Capital and Colonialism: Studies in Indian Labour History

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Rana P. Behal, Marcel van der Linden
Cambridge University Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 286 pages
Marriage choice plays a crucial role in the formation and decay of social classes. Endogamy, the custom forbidding marriage outside one's social class, is thus central to social history. The study considers the factors determining who married whom, whether partner selection has changed over time and regional differences between Europe and South America. The volume also questions to what extent these factors have changed over the past three hundred years. The case studies presented are preceded by a state-of-the-art theoretical introduction on the determinants influencing trends in social endogamy. Each contributor has employed the same social-class scheme and thus the volume is the first comparative study of social endogamy in an historical context.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Indian Maritime Labourers in India
21
The Brickmakers Strikes on the Ganges Canal in 18481849
47
Circulating Labour in PreColonial Colonial
85
The Voyages of South Asian Seamen
111
Power Structure Discipline and Labour in Assam Tea Plantations
143
Following Custom? Representations of Community among
173
Themes of Proletarian
203
Ideas from South Asia
230
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