Starvation and famine: cross-cultural codes and some hypothesis tests

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 27 Published In Pages: 28-69
By Dirks, Robert


Foreign intrusions will increase the fequency and severity of famine among indigenous peoples (40).


However, three types of change are significantly related to catastrophic food emergencies: loss of a major item of subsistence (p= .02), expanded land use (p= .01), and introduction of trade (p= .031). Multiple regression analysis suggests that expanded land use is the most significant predictor of famine among the change variables (p< .05).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Wilcoxon Signed RanksNot SupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN