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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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Pioneering Gardens Men's Labor

Pioneering Gardens Men's Labor

(p.253) Chapter 8 Pioneering Gardens Men's Labor
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter is concerned with labor in the communities of the Was Valley, starting with the idea that time is a scarce resource even in the confines of these communities. This idea, in turn, gives rise to the possibility of adapting basic formal economics laws. Another aspect that this chapter looks at is the work that is involved in pioneering new gardens. It looks at horticultural practices and the steps involved in the creation of a new swidden. These steps are clearing the land, enclosing the garden, removing the tree stumps and roots, and limiting shade.

Keywords:   labor, time, economics laws, gardens, horticultural practices, swidden

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