African Political Systems by Meyer Fortes

By Meyer Fortes

AFRICAN POLITICAL structures via Fortes, Meyer CONTENTS: EDITORS' observe. PREFACE. Professor A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, M.A. (Cantab.), Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology within the collage of Oxford advent. Dr. M. Fortes and Professor E. E. Evans-Pntchard goals of this booklet. A consultant pattern of African. Societies. Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics. the 2 forms of Political process Studied. Kinship in Political association. The impact of Demography. The impact of Mode of Livelihood. Composite Political structures and the Conquest conception. The Territorial point. The stability of Forces within the Political procedure, The occurrence and serve as of Organised strength. transformations in keeping with eu Rule. the magical Values linked to Political workplace. the matter of the boundaries of the Political workforce. the dominion OF THE ZULU OF SOUTH AFRICA. Max Gluckman. B.A. (How.) (Witwatersrand), D.Phil. (Oxon). Professor of Social Anthropology within the college of Manchester historic creation. The Zulu King and the kingdom. prestige and Political energy. The Tribes in the state, Sanctions on Authority and the steadiness of the kingdom. the folk and their Leaders. The interval of ecu Rule. end. THE POLITICAL association OF THE NGWATO OF BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE. /. Schapera, M.A, (Cape town), Ph.D., D.Sc.(London), F.R.S.S.Af. Professor of Social Anthropology within the collage of Cape toton Ethnic Composition and Territorial structure. the executive process. Powers and Authority of the executive. Rights and obligations of Chieftainship. THE POLITICAL process OF THE BEMBA TRIBE NORTHEASTERN RHODESIA. Audrey I. Richards, M.A«(Cantab\ Ph.D.(London). Reader in Social Anthropology on the London institution of Economics and Political technology, college of London 83Bantu Political association a few common good points The Bemba Tribe: Tribal Composition Social Grouping Kinship neighborhood Grouping Rank different rules of Social Grouping fiscal historical past White management. Bases of Authority: The Dogma of Descent felony principles of Descent and Succession. services and Prerogatives of Authority: The Headman the executive. The equipment of presidency: Administrative army Judicial Advisory, the mixing of the Tribe. Post-European adjustments: New specialists brought results of the 1929 Ordinances. the dominion OF ANKOLE IN UGANDA okay. Oberg, A.M., Ph.D.(Chicago)t Escola Livre de Sociologia e Politica, SSo Paulo, Brazil conventional and old history. Political prestige, the King and the Royal Kraal. Tribute. The Cult of Bagyendanwa. Succession. end.

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And of Clans, trade, and age-sets, ritual social relations of other kinds unite people of different political units. Common language or closely related languages, similar customs and beliefs, and so on, may exist them. Hence a strong feeling of community between groups which do not acknowledge a single also unite ruler or unite for specific language and culture, as political we have give rise to political unity, any purposes. Community of indicated, does not necessarily more than linguistic and cultural dissimilarity prevents political unity.

Each homestead had its own fields and cattlefold. A demographic survey would show the homesteads scattered at some distance apart (a few hundred yards to a mile c^^ two) along the hills which, intersected by deep bush-filled valleys, characterized the interior of Zululand. The fields were mostly relatives stretch of country occupied ; and \vomen with the same clan-name could not marry one another. No formed in the period since the clans ceased to be local, political units, as in the past a chief desiring to marry a woman of his clan would split off her lineage and make of it a separate clan.

Y. Gibson, The Story of the Zulus (Longmans, 191 1). The account of the Zulu nation in this article is reconstructed from histories, contemporaneous records, and my questionings of old men. ; AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS 26 Game into conflict. In this struggle Shaka, head of the Zulu tribe, was victorious by his personal character and military strategy, he made himself, in ten years, master of what is now Zululand and Natal, 1 and his troops were campaigning far beyond his boundaries. He organized a nation out of all the tribes he had subjected.

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