Gender and Land


McDonnell, Siobhan. 2018. “Gender and Land.” In The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. Callan. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 

Author: Siobhan McDonnell


Maintaining adequate access to land is central to the livelihoods of many women in rural areas. Gender has important implications for rights over access to and use of land. Scholarship on the implications of gender for land access has, since the 1970s, focused on five aspects: human-rights-based approaches; critiques of “land reforms” and structural adjustment programs that have disadvantaged women; legal pluralism and the management of land disputes through customary and state-based courts; the implications of matrilineal landholding arrangements for women's access to land; and, most recently, the gendered implications of large-scale land transformations.

Topics: Gender, Women, Land Tenure, Rights, Human Rights, Land Rights, Women's Rights

Year: 2018

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