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Contagion and EnclavesTropical Medicine in Colonial India$
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Nandini Bhattacharya

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318290

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317835

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The Plantation Enclave, the Colonial State and Labour Health Care

The Plantation Enclave, the Colonial State and Labour Health Care

(p.119) Chapter 6 The Plantation Enclave, the Colonial State and Labour Health Care
Contagion and Enclaves
Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at public health and medical infrastructure in the tea plantations of northern Bengal, with an emphasis on their physical location and economic position as a privileged, segregated sector so far as the availability of medical care was concerned. It argues that the provisions for health care were not consistent with the pattern of ‘privilege’ intended to ensure better health care for the labourers, and also links the system of health care in the plantations of northern Bengal to tropical medicine in colonial India in the twentieth century. After providing an overview of the Jalpaiguri Labour Act and the enclave in western Duars, the chapter examines legislative proposals and sanitary colonial enclaves in northern Bengal. It also assesses the role of local politics on sanitary enclaves, the medical economy of the plantations, and the impact of paternalism on health care in the colonial enclaves.

Keywords:   Bengal, tea plantations, colonial enclaves, health care, tropical medicine, Jalpaiguri Labour Act, Duars, local politics, public health, paternalism

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