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Educational Vulnerability and Risk Factors of Tea Garden Workers with Special Reference to Dewan Tea Garden Village, Cachar, Assam, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Sociology, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, INDIA
  • 2 Centre for Disaster Management, Tezpur University, Sonitpur, Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (9), Pages 14-21, September,14 (2014)


Illiteracy, one of the key parameters of dynamic pressure, plays the role of catalyst in the process of progression of vulnerability and enhancing risk factors of a vulnerable community. In general, workers of tea gardens in Assam are backward in education, despite having basic schooling facilities in most of the tea gardens. Moreover, literacy rate among women workers is very low in comparison to their male counterparts. Lack of education and awareness are the major hindrances to overall capacity building of tea garden workers. Perhaps, poor educational status of the tea garden workers has major contribution in increasing risk factors of their community in many dimensions. To understand the correlation among educational vulnerability, occupational dynamics and possible risk factors of tea garden workers, a case study is conducted on Dewan Tea Garden, Cachar, Assam, India, which is more than 100 years old.


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