Malay Peasant Women and the Land

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856490870
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Map: Peninsular Malaysia - Location of Areas Studied
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Malay Peasant Women 10
The pre-colonial period 11
The colonial impact: the origins of new subordination 13
Malay peasant women in post-colonial rural development 15
2 Land Inheritance and Gender in Baling, Kedah 23
Land development 23
Adat, far' aid and land inheritance 24
Hebah 26
Inheritance 30
Unclaimed land 34
Effects on women 35
3 Land Tenure and Female Subordination in Semanggol, Perak, and Pulau Tawar, Pahang 37
The village economies 39
Tenure relations 40
Socio-economic differentiation 46
Women and land 47
Implications 55
4 Matriliny and Women's Land Rights in Rembau 59
Feminism and the fate of matrilineal property relations in Negeri Sembilan 60
Historical perspectives 62
Acquired land, the inheritance of rubber land and feminization 67
The attacks on matriliny and women's land rights 69
The characterization of Rembau peasant economy 78
5 Conclusions 95
Women's legal and customary rights to land 95
Consequences of women's control of land 99
Impact of government schemes 105
Proposals 107
Bibliography 112
Index 119
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