Transmission of swidden farming ritual knowledge among households in eastern Madagascar

  • Douglas William HumeEmail author
Research Paper


This project evaluates the influence of relationship types (i.e., kinship and friendship) on swidden farming ritual knowledge variation in eastern Madagascar. This is an extension of prior research that found that the only statistically significant explanation of variation in swidden farming ritual knowledge was the community in which an individual lived. In part due to farmers reporting that they learned rituals from their parents with little or no influence from other relationships, this project formally evaluates kinship and other relationships to discover the pattern of within group sharing of cultural knowledge. The results presented suggest that the method of knowledge transmission may be one of the primary causes for the current failure of agricultural development programs in Madagascar.


Madagascar Swidden farming Cultural models Social network analyses 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy, Landrum Academic CenterNorthern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsUSA

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