Unformatted text preview: 3. instances of "reversion" to less intensive systems have been documented (discussed below) Yet evidence indicates that degree of agricultural intensification is correlated with technological and socioeconomic complexity, as summarized in following table: Table 2. Contrasts between extensive and intensive agricultural systems. Characteristics Extensive Systems Intensive Systems Fallow length Long Short Productivity Low High Efficiency High Variable but lower Population density Low High Technology Simple Often complex Fertilizing of soil None or little Lots Land tenure Communal ownership Individual/family Economic systems Usually subsistence Usually market Sociopolitical complexity Generally less Generally greater If not increased knowledge and cultural "progress," then what accounts for this pattern?...
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, agricultural intensification, Intensive Systems