Ecology and community dynamics of Kubo people in the tropical lowlands of Papua New Guinea

Dwyer P.D. and Minnegal M. (1992) Ecology and community dynamics of Kubo people in the tropical lowlands of Papua New Guinea. Human Ecology, 20 1: 21-55. doi:10.1007/BF00889695


Author Dwyer P.D.
Minnegal M.
Title Ecology and community dynamics of Kubo people in the tropical lowlands of Papua New Guinea
Journal name Human Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-7839
Publication date 1992-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF00889695
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 21
End page 55
Total pages 35
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Language eng
Subject 2303 Ecology
3314 Anthropology
2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Kubo producer-units (families and independent bachelors) could have been self-sufficient in the production of bananas but chose not to be. Nor did they seek self-sufficiency in the production of any combination of staple carbohydrate foods (bananas, tubers, sago flour) or, in the long term, strive for balance in the exchange of food with other producer-units. Despite the fact that bananas, which provided 50% of people's energy needs, were a delayed-return crop Kubo communities were very unstable. This instability and the failure to choose the option of self-sufficiency were connected and were mediated through intense intracommunity sharing that, ultimately, served to negotiate a concern with sorcery. The people grew bananas in the way they did, not out of environmental necessity, but to accommodate the crop to the needs of sharing and, thereby, facilitate community living.
Keyword dispute resolution
hunter-horticulturalists
Kubo
Papua New Guinea
self-sufficiency
sharing
sorcery
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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