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

A Field of One's Own

Gender and Land Rights in South Asia

Paperback Published: 24th April 1995
ISBN: 9780521429269
Number Of Pages: 596

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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.

'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

Preface
Land rights for women: making the case
Conceptualizing gender relations
Customary rights and associated practices
Erosion and disinheritance: traditionally matrilineal and bilateral communities today
Contemporary law: contestation and content
Whose share? Who claims? The gap between law and practice
Whose land? Who commands? The gap between ownership and control
Tracing cross-regional diversities
Struggles over resources, struggles over meanings
The long march ahead
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ISBN: 9780521429269
ISBN-10: 0521429269
Series: Cambridge South Asian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 596
Published: 24th April 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.42  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 0.82