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This is the first major study of gender and property in South Asia. In a pioneering and comprehensive analysis Bina Agarwal argues that the single most important economic factor affecting women's situation is the gender gap in command over property. In rural South Asia, the most significant form of property is arable land, a critical determinant of economic well-being, social status, and empowerment. But few women own land; fewer control it. Drawing on a vast range of interdisciplinary sources and her own field research, and tracing regional variations across five countries, the author investigates the complex barriers to women's land ownership and control, and how they might be overcome. The book makes significant and original contributions to theory and policy concerning land reforms, 'bargaining' and gender relations, women's status, and the nature of resistance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521429269
ISBN-10: 0521429269
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Pages: 596
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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