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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


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In this comprehensive analysis of gender and property throughout South Asia, Bina Agarwal argues that the most important economic factor affecting women is the gender gap in command over property. In rural South Asia, few women own land and even fewer control it. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including field research, the author addresses the reason for this imbalance, and asks how the barriers to ownership can be overcome. The book offers original insights into the current theoretical and policy debates on land reform and women's status.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521429269
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/23/1995
Series: Cambridge South Asian Studies , #58
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 596
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; l. Land rights for women: making the case; 2. Conceptualizing gender relations; 3. Customary rights and associated practices; 4. Erosion and disinheritance: traditionally matrilineal and bilateral communities today; 5. Contemporary law: contestation and content; 6. Whose share? Who claims? The gap between law and practice; 7. Whose land? Who commands? The gap between ownership and control; 8. Tracing cross-regional diversities; 9. Struggles over resources, struggles over meanings; l0. The long march ahead.

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