The first book to examine the critical area of land law from a feminist perspective, it provides an original and critical analysis of the gendered intersection between law and land; ranging land use and ownership in England and Wales to Botswana, Papua New Guinea and the Muslim world.
The authors draw upon the diverse disciplinary fields of law, anthropology and geography to open up perspectives that go beyond the usually narrow topography and cartography of land law. Addressing an unorthodox variety of sites where questions of women's access and rights to land are raised, this book includes chapters on:
- shopping malls
- ancient monuments
- nature reserves
- housing estates
- the family home.
An interdisciplinary and enlivening account of feminist perspectives on land law, it is an excellent addition to the bookshelves of students and researchers in legal studies, gender studies, social anthropology and social geography.
Table of Contents
Feminist Perambulations: Taking the Law for a Walk in Land. National Nature Reserves: Nature as Other Confined. Ancient Monuments of National Importance: Symbols of Whose Past? A Trip to the Mall: Revisiting the Public/Private Divide. Scapegoating and the Legal Landscape: Homeless Women and the Law. Women’s Work: Locating Gender in the Discourse of Anti-social Behaviour. Women Travellers and the Paradox of the Settled Nomad. ‘Land Doesn't Come From Your Mother, She Didn’t Make it With Her Hands’: Challenging Matriliny in Papua New Guinea. Unfair Shares for Women: The Rhetoric of Equality and the Reality of Inequality. The Shared Home: A Rational Solution Through Statutory Refrom? Networking Resources: A Gendered Perspective on Kwena Women’s Property Rights. Accidental Islamic Feminism: Dialogical Approaches to Muslim Women’s Inheritance Rights
Hilary Lim is a Principal Lecturer at the School of Law, University of East London. Anne Bottomley is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent.