Journal article / Lessons for Postcolonial Organisation Studies from Dalit Women’s Protests in Tea Plantations

Raman, K. Ravi. ‘Can the Dalit Woman Speak? How “Intersectionality” Helps Advance Postcolonial Organization Studies’. Organization 27, no. 2 (March 2020): 272–90.
Abstract (edited): Through a sustained engagement with postcolonial/subaltern studies scholarship, I inquire into how intersectionality as an approach could advance an argument in the context of postcolonial organisation studies. This ensures a submerged possibility of understanding ‘workplace resistances’ and their varied dynamics.
The case study involves both contemporary ethnographic and in-depth historical accounts sourced from the Dalit women’s protests at tea plantations in Kerala in 2015 (along with pertinent secondary sources).
The article explores how ‘self-organising’ by the mis-organised, during the course of the struggle, turned them into active political subjects: a ‘subject position from which to speak’.

Exposing certain theoretical constraints within the postcolonial approach and incorporating insights from deeper subjective aspects of the labour process, social reproduction in postcolonial perspectives, and the feminist literature on intersectionality as an integrative narrative, an attempt is made to supplement postcolonial organisation studies and open up the gateway to its advancement.

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