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From Land to MouthThe Agricultural "Economy" of the Wola of the New Guinea Highlands$
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Paul Sillitoe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300142266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300142266.001.0001

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The Labor Question

The Labor Question

Scarcity of Time?

(p.330) Chapter 10 The Labor Question
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter views time as a possible scarce resource and considers the possibility of the presence of labor exploitation due to the superiority of one gender's tasks over the other. It explains some of the methods that can be used in order to conduct a time-expenditure survey, which can help gather data to show how men and women spend their everyday lives. It then examines the results of the survey, which note that women spend a considerable amount of time on agricultural tasks, while men spend less time with the same tasks. The chapter presents a list of the different activities that men and women do in the Wola communities. It looks at the question of what work is in the context of the Wola region, material and immaterial economics, and provides a new definition of economics.

Keywords:   time, labor exploitation, time-expenditure survey, agricultural tasks, work, material economics, immaterial economics

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