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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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No Economy, No Development?

No Economy, No Development?

(p.454) Chapter 13 No Economy, No Development?
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the future of the regions in the New Guinea Highlands and the progress of the area's distinct “agricultural economy.” It considers three major issues that are considered important to technological and economic changes within the Was Valley: the organization of productive enterprises of individuals/households, the land tenure system, and the social pressures placed on individuals to share and transact their possessions. The discussion then explains developman and bisnis, two words that are commonly associated with economic development. Ethnographic facts and assumptions (e.g. the assumption that some form of economy is present everywhere) conclude the chapter.

Keywords:   agricultural economy, economic changes, technological changes, productive enterprises, land tenure system, social pressures, transactions, economic development, ethnographic facts

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