Sexual division of labor in agriculture

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 86(3) American Anthropological Association Published In Pages: 568-583
By Burton, Michael L., White, Douglas R.


Authors Michael Burton and Douglas White present and test an ecological model for the process of agricultural intensification that aims to explain variance in (and the reduction in) female contribution to agriculture. The model synthesizes and expands upon findings put forth by previous studies in order to create a more comprehensive design. Results suggest that the strongest predictors of female contribution to agriculture are the number of dry months, the importance of domesticated animals to subsistence, and the use of the plow in farming. Crop type, although a weaker predictor, is also supported.


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