By Bina Agarwal
During this entire research of gender and estate all through South Asia, Bina Agarwal argues that crucial fiscal issue affecting ladies is the gender hole in command over estate. In rural South Asia, few ladies personal land or even fewer keep an eye on it. Drawing on quite a lot of resources, together with box study, the writer addresses the cause of this imbalance, and asks how the limitations to possession may be conquer. The ebook bargains unique insights into the present theoretical and coverage debates on land reform and women's prestige.
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Engels argued, for instance, that in propertied households the need to ensure the legitimacy of heirs would necessitate strict control over women's sexuality within marriage and provide the logic for monogamy, while such control would be unnecessary in propertyless families. That is, he saw the exercise of control over women's sexuality in essentially economic-functional terms. The observed emphasis on monogamy and male supremacy over women even in European working class families and under socialism, that is even when the presumed material necessity for that control was absent, has been widely used to criticize Engels' formulation.
O n the concept of'class' within Marxist and n o n - M a r x i s t literature, also see Wolff and Resnick (1989). While several feminist a u t h o r s have denied the significance of class divisions between women, they have d o n e so from different standpoints. Millett (1970) did so because she saw w o m e n ' s class affiliations as basically impermanent. Firestone (1970) saw w o m e n as united by their biology; she substituted the term 'sex' for 'class' a n d categorized w o m e n as a 'sex class' as opposed to a n economic class.
For instance, ideological assumptions about women's needs, work roles, capabilities, and so on, impinge on the framing and implementation of public policies and laws relating to property (as noted earlier). Again, ideas about gender underlie practices such as female seclusion, control of women's mobility and sexual freedom, and so on. These ideologies and associated practices restrict women's ability both to exercise their existing property claims and to successfully challenge 31 32 O n this, see especially Dixon (1978: chapter 6) a n d C a p l a n (1985).