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About Jayaseelan Raj

Jayaseelan Raj is a postdoctoral research fellow in the poverty and inequality research programme at the Department of Anthropology, the London School of Economics and Political Science. His current research focuses on the persistence of poverty and inequality among the tea plantation workers of Kerala, south India. 

Articles by Jayaseelan Raj

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The women strike back: the protest of Pembillai Orumai tea workers

Underclass women plantation workers in Kerala, India went on strike against both their union and their company, scoring symbolic and material gains as well as local political representation.

The hidden injuries of caste: south Indian tea workers and economic crisis

Economic crisis has pushed Indian tea workers to seek employment outside the plantations, forcing them to re-engage with the caste hierarchy from which their ancestors attempted to escape. 

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