said the nightmare at his ear; and he sickened for an instant at the idea of rent, human remains absorbed and crushed into all that acephalous
Perhaps the most obvious example is the imposition of certain hierarchical forms of political organization--epitomized by the appointment of state-sanctioned "chiefs" and "Native Authorities"--amongst societies that were historically more acephalous
and perhaps even more democratic in orientation (e.
skeletons as witnesses of Pre-Pottery Neolithic North-South Levant.
The principal characteristic of the settlement pattern of these groups was dispersal; their sociopolitical organization was acephalous
, that is, characterized by the absence of obedience to a political figure, a chief, who had the means to exercise his authority (Boccara 1999: 427).
Their state is an acephalous
kinship state and it is only by a study of the kinship system that it can be well understood how order is maintained and social relations over wider areas are established and kept up.
The first two types of segmentary or acephalous
groups/tribes with and without rulers, were family, lineage or clan based, and regulated their affairs under unwritten rules that were partly religious and partly magic by origin.
such movements are the characteristic form of resistance among small, divided, acephalous
societies that have no central institutions that might help coordinate joint action .
UPC nationalism intersected quite powerfully with yearnings for 'independence' or autonomy that resonated with the chiefly Bamileke but eluded the relatively acephalous
communities of the Mungo region.
The inability to read and understand the African landscape was often compounded given the prevalence of acephalous
communities, who regard themselves as inseparably part of the forest--".
Many virtues are attributed to subak, the irrigation associations; they all convey a down-to-earth picture of egalitarianism, collectivism, consensus-oriented and acephalous
goal-oriented associations of individual cultivators who were, at the same time, 'private persons' (see, for example, Geertz 1980:51).
But the imposing, acephalous
beast was also freakishly sui generis--an unnamable being imaginatively retrieved, perhaps, from previously undisturbed depths.
The Mole-Dagbane kingdoms (Mamprusis, Dagombas, and Mossis), from the northeast and strongly hierarchical, settled in the northern area of Ghana between the 13th-15th centuries, and dominated the acephalous
groups installed there.