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The Ifugao of the Philippines, Division of labor not carried further than a mere beginare highly skilled blacksmiths. Nearly all is ning. Some men know something about blacksmithing. Some are highly skilled wood carvers, but nearly all are wood carvers for all that. Almost the only division of labor is between men and women. 8 In Samoa, The division of labor which is of importance to the mere is the division of labor physical well being of the people 7 Hiroa (1930), 414-16. 8 Barton (1922), 423.

BEFORE THE MACHINE 33 Every man knows how to build a small out a rough canoe, how to make a cocohouse, nut cup, or carve a rough food bowl. The carpenters and makers of sennit lashings are essentially specialists, called in for important occasions. But upon the balance of men and women workers within the household, and upon their skill in the usual tasks in which every adult is supposed to be pro- along sex lines. how ficient, hew to 9 depends the prosperity of the household. Among the Hopi of Arizona, Common wants and desires, easily satisfied, them.

For a this in the value-systems of a people. Herskovits (1948), 17-42, more extended discussion of phenomenon. 22 Herskovits, op. cit, 63; see pp. for an elaboration of the implications of this proposition. 6178 ECONOMIZING AND RATIONAL BEHAVIOR 2$ The principle of relativism is nothing new. In economics, it has been present for many years, though its voice was never strong and has become stilled with the passage of time. The elder Keynes, in his classical work on the nature and method of economics, turns continually to the problem.

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