Choice and constraint in a Papua New Guinean food quest

Dwyer P.D. (1985) Choice and constraint in a Papua New Guinean food quest. Human Ecology, 13 1: 49-70. doi:10.1007/BF01531088

Author Dwyer P.D.
Title Choice and constraint in a Papua New Guinean food quest
Journal name Human Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-7839
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01531088
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 70
Total pages 22
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Subject 3314 Anthropology
3312 Sociology and Political Science
2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
Abstract Historical factors and lineage affiliation are interpreted as constraining choice of sweet potato or sago as a major source of starch by Etolo family groups. The annual scheduling regime encouraged an association between the primary mode of starch production and the primary technique for obtaining game mammals. An emphasis upon sweet potato was linked to trapping and an emphasis upon sago was linked to hunting. For larger family groups whose membership was older, the preceding constraints were relaxed. By manipulating residential affiliation or the composition of "economic units," people could offset constraints of history, lineage affiliation, and family size. Within the framework of those constraints there was much flexibility in the food-getting choices people made. At the level of household communities, trapping and hunting behavior were not obviously patterned around concerns of available prey or energetic efficiency.
Keyword hunting
Papua New Guinea
subsistence ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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