Gender, Land Tenure, and Disasters in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. In Gender and Land Tenure in the Context of Disaster in Asia 

Author:

Yong, C., Siahaan, F.R. and Burghofer, A.,

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Date:

2015

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Gender, Work & Livelihoods

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Yong, C., Siahaan, F.R. and Burghofer, A., (2015). Gender, Land Tenure, and Disasters in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. In Gender and Land Tenure in the Context of Disaster in Asia (pp. 89-103). Springer, Cham.

This book chapter discusses the many challenges faced by the Mentawai people of Indonesia who are increasingly suffering the consequences of unsustainable development and complex natural and human-made disasters. This chapter identifies a link between gender, natural resource, land tenure, and disaster and argues that nuances around gender and other categories are inadequately addressed or ignored. The chapter focuses on three issues: locating Mentawai women’s inheritance rights within the Mentawaian patrilineal social structures and customs that circumscribe women’s rights to land and other property; the connection between women’s land tenure and gender differential disaster damages and recovery process; and how gendered land rights/tenure interrelate with the difference of loss and suffering of women and men in Mentawai society and how development agendas and interventions construct vulnerability of women and men differently.