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Custom, landownership and women: a colonial legislation in North India

Authors: Jassal, Smita Tewari
Keywords: Women's studies;Women -- India -- Social conditions;Women -- Social conditions
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Centre for Women's Development Studies
Description: "Our point of departure is the legislative impact on a localized agrarian structure within defined geographical limits and a delimited time-span. With special focus on the Awadh Taluqdari Succession Act of 1869, the paper is concerned with the sociological analysis of court and archival data drawn from the Faizabad district covering the period from 1869-1920s. In subjecting the historical and empirical evidence to closer scrutiny, we propose to highlight both the intended and unintended consequences of the legislation particularly for women. The article draws on rich empirical evidence from ruling families on matters relating to descent and clan membership, affinal links and kinship ties to explore whether or not the Act represented a complete rupture and the extent of which it was a modification of existing tendencies. To what extent was the flexibility of traditions and customs eroded and what were the strains' created in the process? In this sense the article explores the continuities and breaks with the past."
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