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Sarah Besky

What's brewing in Darjeeling (co-authored by Sarah Besky)

July 25, 2017 The Hindu

Anthropologist Sarah Besky in The Hindu, "Understanding Gorkhaland requires understanding its underlying histories. In many ways, the Gorkhas of Darjeeling have yet to taste the liberation of India’s Independence."

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The Materiality of Finance (interview with Sarah Besky)

March 21, 2016 Cultural Anthropology

Sarah Besky in Cultural Anthropology, "Small tea growers are now able to supply tea at cheaper prices than plantations. Unlike plantation companies, small growers are not legally obligated to provide workers with medical facilities, food rations, firewood, and housing."

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The Future of Price: Communicative Infrastructures and the Financialization of Indian Tea (by Sarah Besky)

February 12, 2016 Cultural Anthropology

Sarah Besky in Cultural Anthropology, "The Tea Board saw digital auctioning as a means of opening and freeing the tea market. Just as colonial bureaucratic enumeration was based on the ideal of rendering a mix of races, ethnicities, languages, and cultures transparent, digital trading technology promised to make the opaque world of valuation transparent."

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