Robert Dirks

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Robert Dirks. 1993. Starvation and Famine: Cross-Cultural and Some Hypothesis Tests. CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH 27:28-69. Variables 1261 to 1269 were published in this article.

Abstract. This article provides a set of codes that rate the starvation and famine experiences of societies in the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample. The codes are used to test several theoretical generalizations regarding the underlying cultural causes of famine. The results indicate that several changes arising from world systems involvements increase the likelihood of famine. They suggest fur ther that the extent to which societies experience famine depends on cultural definitions of property and exchange rights. In addition, results confirm the understanding that famine is especially prone to break out in environments of chronic hunger and recurrent starvation.