Feminist perspectives on land law by Hilary Lim, Anne Bottomley

By Hilary Lim, Anne Bottomley

The 1st ebook to ascertain the serious region of land legislation from a feminist point of view, it offers an unique and significant research of the gendered intersection among legislations and land; ranging land use and possession in England and Wales to Botswana, Papua New Guinea and the Muslim global. The authors draw upon the varied disciplinary fields of legislations, anthropology and geography to open up views that transcend the often slim topography and cartography of land legislations. Addressing an unorthodox number of websites the place questions of women's entry and rights to land are raised, this ebook comprises chapters on: purchasing shops historic monuments nature reserves housing estates the relatives domestic. An interdisciplinary and enlivening account of feminist views on land legislation, it truly is a very good addition to the bookshelves of scholars and researchers in criminal stories, gender experiences, social anthropology and social geography.

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To follow the common practice of outlining the chapters in an introduction and drawing out from them our own ‘readings’ of them, would be to constrain our own methodology of walking maps into existence. Not only does leaving open any mapping exercise at this stage most appropriately represent our own encounter with the material, we hope also that it will more readily allow the reader to develop their own engagement with the text(s). To borrow from Nast and Pile (1998: 15) ‘like pick up sticks, many lines could be chosen, juxtaposed, or heaped upon one another’.

These acts serve to maintain the illusion that the textbook is no more than a record of the law and that the law is capable of being rendered into such discrete patterns. Take the simple example of easements, rights held by a property owner over another’s land, for instance a right of way. These rights are defined, now by statute, as ‘land’ (we shall return to this later) sutured to the ownership of the property and passing with it on sale. The classical rendition of the characteristics of an easement (that is ‘when’ a practice can be recognised and enforced as embodying this form) are cited in the textbooks of Land Law as derived from Re Ellenborough Park [1956] Ch 131.

Here the lessor (the town council) imposed a covenant in the lease of a silk mill to the effect that the mill should only employ workers certificated as resident within the parish. The promise was breached by the lessee – effectively, he was employing migrant labour. The town council had imposed the covenant to prevent ‘foreign poor’ entering the town; once resident, they might necessitate a rise in local taxes which would not only increase the costs of the mill itself and render the lessee less able to pay the rent, but would also reduce the value of the lessor’s reversion.

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