By Peggy F. Barlett
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Simon, Herbert 1977 Models of Discovery. Boston: Reidel. White, Douglas 1973 Mathematical Anthropology. In Handbook of Social and Cultural Anthropology. J. Honigmann, ed. pp. 3 6 9 - 4 4 6 . Chicago: Rand McNally. Chapter 3 A Theory of Real-Life Choice: Applications to Agricultural Decisions CHRISTINA H. GLADWIN Introduction Reviews of the recent literature on agricultural decision making show that there is no scarcity of theories about how farmers make these decisions (Anderson 1979; Anderson, Dillon, and Hardaker 1977; Dillon 1971; Roumasset et al.
The National Academy of Sciences notes that its estimate of calcium requirements could probably be halved without serious health consequences. Inflated values are given for certain other nutrients as well. That this inflation is by 1 0 0 % , rather than by some more precise figure like 8 2 % or 117%, indicates the level of accuracy that is available to us. Also, apropos the discussion, a political aspect of the high intake recommendations has been identified by some observers (Clark 1970:10-15).
In the second section, the choice process of Stage 1 of the theory is described, and agricultural examples are given of Stage 1 decisions made by farmers in Lauderdale County, Alabama, and the Altiplano or Western Highlands of Guatemala. In the third section, the algorithm or cognitive steps of Stage 2 are presented. In the fourth section, decision-tree models of several agricultural decisions made in Alabama, Guatemala, and Puebla, Mexico, are presented. The reader should note that some mathematical symbols are used to formalize the theory in the second and third sections.
Agricultural Decision Making. Anthropological Contributions to Rural Development by Peggy F. Barlett