Geographia Polonica (1983) vol. 46

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Model types of world agriculture: Problems of definition and case identification

John William Aitchison

Geographia Polonica (1983) vol. 46, pp. 175-186

Abstract

In his paper to the 1974 meeting cf the Commissicn cn Agricultural Typology Kostrowicki1 isolated a series of twenty-two variates deemed to be of diagnostic significance for the classification, and subsequent regionalization, cf world agricul-tural landscapes. Applying these defining characteristics to a laige sample cf ca-ses, culled from a miscellany of sources, also led him to propose a two-tier typolo-gy composed of fifty-three agricultural classes. Although there is no suggestion that these classes are exhaustive, or for that matter inviolable, it is clear that they are considered sufficiently distinctive and comprehensive to serve as archetypal templa-tes, against which newly derived case data can be matched for purposes cf classi-fication. It is to this matching or identification process and the problems associated with it that the present paper addresses itself.

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John William Aitchison, Department of Geography, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK