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Accumulation and Labour Process in Tea Plantations in South India

Agolamooladhanavum Dakshinenthiyaile Thottamthozhilaalikalum (Global Capital and Peripheral Labour: The History and Political Economy of Plantation Workers in India) by
K Ravi Raman, translated into Malayalam by Rajendran Cherupoyka, Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Bhasha Institute, 2022; pages and price not indicated.

Capitalism, Climate Crisis, and Methodological Challenges in Environmental History

There are three broad and interconnected ways in which mainstream thinking analyses the problem of the climate crisis. They are firstly,debates based on environmental diplomacy perspectives to assess the contribution of individual nation-states in climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes; secondly, climate mitigation policy frameworks informed by scientific studies, and lastly, the analysis of climate change through environmental justice movements and social interventions. What is largely missing in the dominant climate crisis discussions is a nuanced historical perspective on the intersection between the climate crisis and social formations. Along with policy analysis, environmental social sciences, climate sciences, media, and people’s organisations, critical historical thinking is inevitable to take the climate problem towards an enhanced debate and improved action. The emerging field of critical climate history offers a Marxist perspective to discuss issues related to the climate crisis in a socio-historical framework. This article in the context of the people’s movement in Chellanam, Kochi, against issues related to foreshore erosion, elaborates on how radial political ecology and Marxist historical geography-based discussions provide the environmental historians methodological and conceptual insights to address the present-day concerns related to the climate crisis and its societal impacts.
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