Kinship Matters: Women's land claims in the Santal Parganas, Jharkhand

Rao, Nitya ORCID: (2005) Kinship Matters: Women's land claims in the Santal Parganas, Jharkhand. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 11 (4). pp. 725-746. ISSN 1359-0987

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This article discusses the strengthening of kinship ties amongst the Santal community in a village in Jharkhand state in India. The context of progressive marginalization from the state and markets has resulted in the Santals asserting their adivasi identity by recourse to customary institutions as well as rigidifying patrilineal rules of inheritance. While this leads generally to an erosion of women's rights to inherit land, under certain circumstances women are supported by kin elders when they bring grievances to the legal courts. Women's relationship to their kinship group thus seems ambiguous: kinship can simultaneously be not only a source of deprivation and suppression but also a way of staking claims to resources, especially in the face of the inadequacies of formal state mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
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 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2023 15:30
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2005.00259.x

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