Tribes Without Rulers

Tribes Without Rulers : Studies in African Segmentary Systems

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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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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 13.46mm | 294g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138861901
  • 9781138861909

Table of contents

1. John Middleton and David Tait, Introduction2. Laura Bohannan, Political Aspects of Tiv Social Organization3. Jean Buxton, The Mandari of the Southern Sudan4. Godfrey Lienhardt, The Western Dinka5. Edward Winter, The Aboriginal Political Structure of Bwamba6. David Tait, The Territorial Pattern and Lineage System of Konkomba7. John Middleton, The Political System of the Lugbara of the Nile-Congo Divide
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