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Title: Is there still a gender divide? : indigenous women in Hong Kong since the legitimization of female land inheritance during the post-colonial era
Author: Ng, Fung Sheung Isabella
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 4960
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2015
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The study explores the situation of women in the indigenous villages in Hong Kong during the post-colonial era, with particular reference to the walled villages in the New Territories. I look at how the legitimization of women inheritance right has an effect on gender dynamics since the ruling. The research is the first detailed ethnographic study that takes on an important Issue about how the indigenous women status and gender dynamics have evolved in the post-colonial Hong Kong, an understudied topic by contemporary scholarship. It makes a valuable contribution to the study of rural women in conditions of post-colonial transformation and to Hong Kong studies. The thesis is a comparative study of two walled villages based on a 24-month of archival research and fieldwork between 2008 and December 2011. Through chapters that provide analyses of the women inheritance women movement, the political and socio-economic transformation in Hong Kong. I elucidate the indigenous women's struggles that result from their intersectional position in the Hong Kong context. This context includes the long standing patriarchal dominance of the walled villages; a colonial history that promotes patriarchy in contradiction to the legal institution that legalizes women's right to inherit and government policy that obstructs indigenous women from exercising their full rights. The findings demonstrate that change in the inheritance law serves as an important statutory rather than an active agent in promoting changes in gender relations in the walled village. Rapid urbanization and commoditization of the walled villages and wider opportunities for walled village women in education, jobs are important factors that led to a shift in gender dynamics within the two villages. Difference in gender relations are salient across generations in both villages. In the walled villages, women, whether they are indigenous inhabitants or not, are both the products of political and socio-economic transformation within the greater Hong Kong context and the agents that induce changes to the walled villages since the legitimization of women inheritance rights in 1994.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral