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'Your Foreign Plants are Very Delicate': Peasant Crop Ecologies and the Subversion of Colonial Cotton Designs in Dharwar, western India, 1830-1880.

Hazareesingh, Sandip (2015). 'Your Foreign Plants are Very Delicate': Peasant Crop Ecologies and the Subversion of Colonial Cotton Designs in Dharwar, western India, 1830-1880. In: Hazareesingh, Sandip and Maat, Harro eds. Local Subversions of Colonial Cultures: Commodities and Anti-Commodities in Global History. Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Abstract

This chapter emphasizes the ecological dimension of anticommodity as expressed in a peasant countermovement to colonial concerned with validating the production and use of the Dharwar agrarian environment as a sustainable socio-nature. For British colonial officials in 19th century Dharwar, cotton represented the natural fibre that could be magically tamed and engineered into a ‘transformative commodity’. This involved cotton ‘improvement’ projects that sought, for over half a century, to replace indigenous cotton by a transplanted American variety. However, these efforts were confronted by a range of socio-natural forces that colonial knowledge never quite got to grips with. The entwined social and natural worlds of peasant crop choices, cultivating knowledge, climate, rainfall and soil presented formidable barriers to colonial cotton designs, leading ultimately to their failure.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Sandip Hazareesingh and Harro Maat
ISBN: 1-137-38109-4, 978-1-137-38109-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Commodities and Anti-Commodities. Indigenous production as sustainable practice and resistance against agrarian commercial capitalism in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean during the colonial era.Not SetNetherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) 2009-2013
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 44491
Depositing User: Sandip Hazareesingh
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 14:05
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44491
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