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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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Selection of Cultivation Sites and Individual Choice

Selection of Cultivation Sites and Individual Choice

(p.126) Chapter 5 Selection of Cultivation Sites and Individual Choice
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter takes a look at the prospect of natural vegetation, ease of enclosure, the distance from the homestead, locale topography, and other social considerations defining scarcity. In essence, scarcity is the event that prods individuals to make a choice. The chapter is concerned with individual decision making, as well as the factors that are considered whenever farmers judge cultivation sites for new gardens. It also addresses the question of rights to access to cultivable land and discusses the flexibility of land tenure arrangements within Wola. Tacit knowledge on the factors that affect farmers' choices for land are discussed as well.

Keywords:   scarcity, choice, cultivation sites, rights to access, land tenure arrangements, tacit knowledge, vegetation, enclosure, homestead distance, locale topography

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