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Title: Working Class and Politics of Drinking in Bengal (1856-1900)
Other Titles: Karatoya, NBU J. Hist. Vol 11, March 2018, p 153 - 164
Authors: Mondal, Amrita
Keywords: Working Class
Excise policy
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: In colonial Bengal, being the victims of economic exploitation, the working class’s idea of drinking pleasure faced the moral question of the Indian reformists, Europeans and Christian missionaries. These three groups presented three perceptions on the drinking pleasure of the working class; however, all these narratives indicated that excessive drinking led this particular class into the paths of immorality and financial distress. The paper, while revisiting all these narratives, especially colonial excise policies, finds out patterns of drinking practice of the working class and the reasons for changing the perception of the society on working-class drinking and redefining drinking pleasure of the working class in the nineteenth century Bengal.
ISSN: 2229-4880
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