Terah Sportel



Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Sportel, T. & Véron, R. 2016. Coconut crisis in Kerala? Mainstream Narrative and Alternative Perspectives. Development and Change. 47(5), 1051-1077. doi: 10.1111/dech.12260.

Sportel, T. 2013. Agency within a socially regulated labour market: A study of ‘unorganised’ agricultural labour in Kerala. Geoforum 47, 42-52. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.02.007.

Book Reviews

Sportel, T. 2014. [Review of Revisiting rural places: Pathways to poverty and prosperity in contemporary Southeast Asia, by J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (Eds.).] The Canadian Geographer 58 (3). dx.doi.org/10.1111/cag.12106.

Sportel, T. 2013. [Review of Red tape: Bureaucracy, structural violence, and poverty in India, by A. Gupta (2012).] Progress in Development Studies 13(4), 347-349. doi:10.1177/1464993413490486.

Sportel, T. 2013. [Review of Unruly hills: a political ecology of India’s Northeast, by B. Karlsson (2011).] Contemporary South Asia 21(2), 178-180. doi:10.1080/09584935.2013.805952.


Hammers, sickles and progress, The Globe and Mail, Letter to the Editor, April 16, 2009:

“Waterloo, Ont — The Globe was taken to task recently when it published an illustration of an American flag with hammers and sickles instead of stars. The tendency to equate hammers and sickles with “evil” socialism is steeped in old, deep-seated stereotypes.

Shashi Tharoor (Epic India Inspires with Free, Fair Vote – April 15) points out the pivotal role of symbols in Indian elections, including “variants of the hammer and sickle for India’s profusion of Communist parties.”

During two years in Kerala, not a week or, often, a day went by when I didn’t see red flags and hammers and sickles. Kerala first elected a Communist government in 1957; the Left Democratic Front, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is the current governing coalition.

With Kerala upheld as a model of development for its land reforms, literacy rates and health indicators, it is difficult to denounce the role the hammer and sickle have played in local democracy and development.”