She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property, and Propriety

She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property, and Propriety

by Srimati Basu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791440966

ISBN-13: 9780791440964

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Using the contemporary workings of property law in India through the lives and thoughts of middle-class and poor women, this is a study of the ways in which cultural practices, and particularly notions of gender ideology, guide the workings of law. It urges a close reading of decisions by women that appear to be contrary to material interests and that reinforce…  See more details below

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Using the contemporary workings of property law in India through the lives and thoughts of middle-class and poor women, this is a study of the ways in which cultural practices, and particularly notions of gender ideology, guide the workings of law. It urges a close reading of decisions by women that appear to be contrary to material interests and that reinforce patriarchal ideologies. Hailed as a radical moment for gender equality, the Hindu Succession Act was passed in India in 1956 theoretically giving Hindu women the right to equal inheritance of their parents' self-acquired property. However, in the years since the act's existence, its provisions have scarcely been utilized. Using interview data drawn from middle-class and poor neighborhoods in Delhi, this book explores the complexity of women's decisions with regard to family property in this context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791440964
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
305
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1Women, Law, and Property in India1
2Women and Property Inheritance: Scant and Slippery Footholds41
3Gifts for Alliance: Marriage and the Flow of Goods79
4"Wo Ayee Hak Lene" ("There She Comes, to Take Her Rights"): The Dreadful Specter of the Property-Owning Woman117
5Knowing Themselves: Women's Attitudes toward Wealth and Well-Being159
6Protecting Property: Gendered Identity in the Indian Higher Courts191
7Conclusion: Property and Propriety221
Appendix A233
Appendix B241
Notes247
Bibliography277
Index299

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