A Field of One's Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia

A Field of One's Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia

by Bina Agarwal
     
 

Few women own land and even fewer control it in rural South Asia. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including field research, this text addresses the reason for this imbalance, and inquires as to how the barriers to ownership can be overcome. See more details below

Overview

Few women own land and even fewer control it in rural South Asia. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including field research, this text addresses the reason for this imbalance, and inquires as to how the barriers to ownership can be overcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521429269
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Series:
Cambridge South Asian Studies Series, #58
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
596
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of tables
Preface
1Land rights for women: making the case1
IThe backdrop2
IIGender, property, and land: some conceptual links11
IIIWhy do women need independent rights in land?27
IVQuestions addressed, information base, and the book's structure45
2Conceptualizing gender relations51
IGender relations within the household/family53
IIGender relations outside the household/family: the market, the community, and the State71
IIIInteractions: the household/family: the community, and the State80
3Customary rights and associated practices82
IWhich communities customarily recognized women's rights in land?83
IIWomen's land rights in traditionally matrilineal and bilateral communities100
IIIWomen's land rights, structural conditionalities, and gender relations133
4Erosion and disinheritance: traditionally matrilineal and bilateral communities153
IIndia154
IISri Lanka180
5Contemporary laws: contestation and content198
IIndia199
IIPakistan, Bangladesh, and Muslims in India227
IIISri Lanka237
IVNepal242
VSummary comments on women's legal rights in landed property in South Asia246
6Whose share? Who claims? The gap between law and practice249
IThe gap between law and practice in traditionally patrilineal communities249
IIBarriers to women inheriting land in traditionally patrilineal communities260
IIIGlimmer of change: women claim inheritance shares in some traditionally patrilineal communities282
IVA look at traditionally matrilineal and bilateral communities285
VSome hypotheses291
7Whose land? Who commands? The gap between ownership and control292
IWomen's ability to retain their land292
IIControl over the transfer and use of land294
IIIBarriers to women self-managing land298
8Tracing cross-regional diversities316
ISome hypotheses317
IIInformation sources321
IIIThe cross-regional patterns325
IVAn overview of regional patterns368
9Struggles over resources, struggles over meanings421
IOn women's consciousness and individual resistance422
IIGroup resistance: struggles over privatized land438
IIIGroup resistance: claiming rights in public land434
IVFurther observations on gender construction and group contestation458
10The long march ahead467
IRecapitulation468
IISome suggestions, some dilemmas478
IIIThe macro-scenario493
Definitions505
Glossary507
References510
Index553

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