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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 Agricultural “Economy”

The Agricultural “Economy”

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Agricultural “Economy”
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of ethnographic-determinism, which is a belief that ethnographic evidence should be as prominently featured as social philosophical debate. Its hallmark is eclecticism, which allows the ethnographic evidence to decide the course of debate and questions, rather than modern Western ideologies. From here the discussion turns to the inclusion of “economy,” specifically the “economy” of the New Guinea Highlands. It considers a definition of economy and shows how studying agricultural issues can help one understand Wola economic issues. A description of the farming regime in Wola and the Wola region and culture compose the last few sections of this chapter.

Keywords:   ethnographic-determinism, eclecticism, economy, agricultural issues, economic issues, farming regime, Wola, New Guinea Highlands

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