ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Estate Staff in Plantations-Some Misconceptions

Estate Staff in Plantations Some Misconceptions P M Mathew PLANTATION labour is an often misconstrued area. Much of it owes to inadequate understanding of the role of social classes and the dynamics of unionisation in this 'industry' which is part of the agricultural sector. Ajit Mani's paper on estate staff in plantations (EPW, May 12,1984) is no exception. Though it does a good job of highlighting certain woes of this section of plantation employees, the paper involves many misconceptions, both theoretical and practical, regarding unionisation and, as a matter of fact, includes even factual errors. Some of the misconceptions arise from an inadequate theoretical perspective on the role of social classes and the modus operandi of class contradictions, while the factual errors and wrong conclusions therein have been due to inadequate dependence on quantitative data.

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