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- DescriptionIn this controversial study, Seavoy offers a new approach to the problem of periodic peacetime famine based on the actual behavior of peasants. He maintains that it is possible to increase per capita food production without massive and inappropriate techlogical inputs. Seavoy shifts the focus from modern development ecomics to a cultural and historical analysis of subsistence agriculture in Western Europe (England and Ireland), Indonesia, and India. From his survey of peasant civilization practices in these countries, he generalizes on the social values that create what he terms the subsistence compromise. In all of the ages and culture, Seavoy finds a consistent social organization of agriculture that produces identical results: seasonal hunger in poor crop years and famine conditions in consecutive poor crop years. He argues that ecomic policies have failed to increase per capita food production because ecomists and government planners try to apply market-oriented policies to populations that are t commercially motivated. Once they understand the subsistence compromise, policy-makers can take appropriate political action.
- Author Biographyavoy /f Ronald /i E.
- Author(s)Ronald E. Seavoy
- Date of Publication24/06/1986
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleContributions in Economics & Economic History
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 66
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight865 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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