Tribes Without Rulers: Studies in African Segmentary Systems

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Psychology Press, 2004 - 234 pages
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Recent research in Africa has shown a wide range of political systems, from small societies of wandering hunters to large states of several million people comparable with mediaeval European feudal kingdoms. In between are many societies in which a central government is lacking; the political system is based upon a balance of power between many small groups, which with their lack of classes or specialized political offices, have been called 'ordered anarchies'.
First published in 1958.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
POLITICAL ASPECTS OF TIV SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
33
THE MANDARI OF THE SOUTHERN SUDAN
67
THE WESTERN DINKA
97
THE ABORIGINAL POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF BWAMBA
136
THE TERRITORIAL PATTERN AND LINEAGE SYSTEM
167
THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE LUGBARA OF THE NILE
203
INDEX
231
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