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Title:The marital immigrant, land, and agriculture: a Malawian case study
Author:Kishindo, PaulISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:customary law
land tenure
agricultural development
Abstract:The central and southern regions of Malawi predominantly follow matrilineal succession and inheritance and practise uxorilocal marriages. Women, rather than men, own the primary land rights. Colonial government officials and some Eurocentric scholars have argued that the system of uxorilocal marriages and female ownership of land rights are inimical to agricultural development, principally because men lose the motivation to make long-term investments in land which does not belong to them. This study of marital immigrants sought to investigate whether the location of land rights in someone other than themselves affected the way these men viewed agriculture and made farm decisions. It found that while short-term decisions are not affected, long-term investments are influenced by perception of security, understood in terms of marital stability. Notes, sum. [Journal abstract]