Custom and the Courts: ensuring women's rights to land, Jharkhand, India

Rao, Nitya ORCID: (2007) Custom and the Courts: ensuring women's rights to land, Jharkhand, India. Development and Change, 38 (2). pp. 299-319. ISSN 0012-155X

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Based on field research in Dumka district, Jharkhand, this article examines the mechanisms through which women operationalize their rights to land. It questions the polarization of legitimation systems into statutory codes and customary practices, as operating independent of each other, and demonstrates the political and temporal situatedness of ‘law’, and the processes of hybridization that allow for the actualization of a legal right, by providing it social recognition and validity. The article explores the choice of different arenas by women for making their claims, with the choice of a particular arena depending not just on access and resource availability, but also on the women's social positionality.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: mid:14087 dc:ueastatus:post-print formatted dc:ueahesastaffidentifier:0211170000866
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/gender_equality
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 10:30
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2007.00413.x

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