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The Resource Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture, Gaiutra Bahadur

Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture, Gaiutra Bahadur

Label
Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture
Title
Coolie woman
Title remainder
the odyssey of indenture
Statement of responsibility
Gaiutra Bahadur
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a 'coolie'--the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many coolies, disappeared into history. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Traversing three continents and trawling through countless colonial archives, Bahadur excavates not only her great-grandmother's story but also the repressed history of some quarter of a million other coolie women, shining a light on their complex lives. Shunned by society, and sometimes in mortal danger, many coolie women were either runaways, widows, or outcasts. Many of them left husbands and families behind to migrate alone in epic sea voyages--traumatic 'middle passages'--only to face a life of hard labor, dismal living conditions, and, especially, sexual exploitation. As Bahadur explains, however, it is precisely their sexuality that makes coolie women stand out as figures in history. Greatly outnumbered by men, they were able to use sex with their overseers to gain various advantages, an act that often incited fatal retaliations from coolie men and sometimes larger uprisings of laborers against their overlords. Complex and unpredictable, sex was nevertheless a powerful tool. Examining this and many other facets of these remarkable women's lives, Coolie Woman is a meditation on survival, a gripping story of a double diaspora--from India to the West Indies in one century, Guyana to the United States in the next--that is at once a search for one's roots and an exploration of gender and power, peril and opportunity"--Publisher description
Has edition
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bahadur, Gaiutra
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indentured servants
  • Women slaves
  • Women, East Indian
  • East Indian American women
  • Indentured servants
  • Women slaves
  • Guyana
  • 15.85 history of America
  • Guyana
  • 2016NEWFEBRUARY
Label
Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture, Gaiutra Bahadur
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Published by arrangement with C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) London"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The dream of return
  • Every ancestor
  • Surviving history
  • The magician's box
  • Ancestral memory
  • The women's quarters
  • Into dark waters
  • Her middle passage
  • A new world
  • Beautiful woman without a nose
  • Gone but not forgotten
Control code
834408896
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780226034423
Lccn
2013008860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 650
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)834408896
Label
Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture, Gaiutra Bahadur
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Published by arrangement with C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) London"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The dream of return
  • Every ancestor
  • Surviving history
  • The magician's box
  • Ancestral memory
  • The women's quarters
  • Into dark waters
  • Her middle passage
  • A new world
  • Beautiful woman without a nose
  • Gone but not forgotten
Control code
834408896
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780226034423
Lccn
2013008860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 650
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)834408896

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