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Common Property Resources, Customary Law and Rural Self-Governing Institutions in the Colonial North India

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Chakravarty-Kaul, Minoti
Conference: Common Property Conference, the Second Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Manitoba, Winnipeg
Conf. Date: September 19-26, 1991
Date: 1991
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1216
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): IASC
customary law--history
common pool resources
property rights--history
village organization--history
Abstract: "This paper attempts to follow the Colonial government's efforts to integrate nineteenth-century customary usages in rural Punjab into a system of Customary Law. This was a bid to rule the people by their own laws. Codification of customs and customary usages which regulated common lands in the Punjab villages provides a window to observe the transformation of institutions of self-governance as a result of the modernising influence of the Colonial Government."

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