Small-Scale Sugar Cane Farming in Barbados

1966 (Jerome S. Handler) “Small-Scale Sugar Cane Farming in Barbados.” Ethnology 5: 264-83.

This paper describes the more prominent socio-cultural aspects of cane farming on small holdings and accounts for the importance of sugar as a cash crop in terms of the Barbadian farmer’s system of cash needs. The paper also treats the way in which the farmer’s emphasis upon cash acquisition has in turn affected the nature of his agricultural, specifically sugar producing, activities. Data are based on fieldwork conducted in the early 1960s.

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