By Ted C. Lewellen
Within the foreword to the 1st variation, popular anthropologist, Victor Turner, wrote that this booklet was once a succinct and lucid account of the sporadic progress of political anthropology during the last 4 a long time . . . the creation we've all been watching for. special in its box, this booklet deals a entire evaluate of political anthropology, together with its historical past, its significant study findings, and its theoretical issues either earlier and current. The 3rd variation has been considerably up to date and extended, with large alterations in lots of chapters, new chapters, a brand new Preface that replaces the creation of the 1st versions, an up to date word list and steered Readings checklist, and an increased Bibliography.In a sincerely written kind, this advent additionally presents the history precious for additional research. the hot chapters conceal such themes because the politics of identification, and the transition from modernism to postmodernism. As with the sooner variations, this 3rd variation of what has turn into a vintage within the self-discipline nonetheless serves as a simple textual content and constitution for a whole path.
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Each band claimed a territory that had to have a permanent source of water at a reasonable distance from sufﬁcient vegetable foods for day-to-day consumption. Within such a territory would be sporadic fertile areas, such as groves of mangetti nut trees, clumps of berries, and special places where tubers grew in particular abundance; these were considered “owned” by a band and were jealously guarded. Incursions into another band’s territory occasionally occurred, especially during hunting expeditions, in which case violence might be threatened; but true wars were unknown.
The idea persisted that a bad king could be overthrown, just as could a bad chief, as long as the individual and not the system was changed; in fact, kingly succession was largely a matter of assassination or rebellion. Also, although there was deﬁnite social stratiﬁcation, it was much the same as that of the Hawaiians (individuals and clans ranked according to their genealogical closeness to the king). In addition, occupational specialization was not much more developed than in the prestate period.
Malone. Toward Explaining Human Culture (New York: HRAF Press, 1980). This is an admirable attempt to collect in a single short volume much that has been learned about cross-cultural regularities from statistical studies using the Human Relations Area Files. Many of the chapters are valuable in providing quantitative data to support or refute speculation on the classiﬁcation of political systems. Service, Elman R. Primitive Social Organization: An Evolutionary Perspective (New York: Random House, 1962).