Journal article

Intensification, complexity and evolution: Insights from the Strickland-Bosavi region

M Minnegal, PD Dwyer

Asia Pacific Viewpoint | Wiley | Published : 2001


Agricultural systems must be understood as embedded within the total socio-cultural system of which they are a part. Difference in the intensity of those systems is, therefore, but one aspect of difference in the complexity of the total systems. Processes of intensification and innovation that are implicated in change to agricultural systems are, similarly, instances of more general processes of adaptation and transformation which underwrite change in complex systems. These considerations inform understanding of differences between, and change within, non-hierarchical and communally organised societies of the interior lowlands of Papua New Guinea. With a focus on two societies of the Strickl..

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