View Single Post
Old 06-04-2017, 09:20 PM
Hector_St_Clare Hector_St_Clare is offline
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 3,621
Originally Posted by DSeid View Post
The advantage of the study was that it relatively controlled for other factors. No one would claim that other factors do not potentially swamp the impact of past agricultural practices in particular cases. No one is claiming that wheat farmers cannot adopt collectivist practices under any circumstance or rice farmers that no circumstance would create relatively individualist rice farmers. The fact however that not only were difference large within the same country but that they found differences that were just as large in people from neighboring counties along the rice-wheat border, who presumptively are most otherwise alike, is pretty striking.
Since these comparisons were all of counties within one country (and one with a long history of centralized administration at that), they aren't statistically independent comparisons, so six counties or however many is really meaningless. How do you know that the higher degree of collectivism in the rice counties wasn't due to some China-specific factor? (Maybe, e.g., there was at some point a central government policy of encouraging collective efforts at irrigation in rice growing areas. If so, then these six counties are all correlated and the number of samples drops from six to one).

For what it's worth, the Igbo are apparently not rice farmers, sorry for my error above.