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.
'This book makes a major contribution in the field of land rights thereby opening up once again the debate on land reforms in a unique and distinct manner. If the book scores because of the novelty of its arguments, the interdisciplinary focus and its innovative perspective, it is because is has incorporated over twenty years of research and scholarship in gender studies.' The Hindu