African Political Systems by Meyer Fortes

By Meyer Fortes

AFRICAN POLITICAL structures by means of Fortes, Meyer CONTENTS: EDITORS' be aware. PREFACE. Professor A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, M.A. (Cantab.), Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology within the collage of Oxford creation. Dr. M. Fortes and Professor E. E. Evans-Pntchard goals of this e-book. A consultant pattern of African. Societies. Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics. the 2 forms of Political method Studied. Kinship in Political association. The impression of Demography. The effect of Mode of Livelihood. Composite Political platforms and the Conquest conception. The Territorial element. The stability of Forces within the Political approach, The occurrence and serve as of Organised strength. modifications based on ecu Rule. the paranormal Values linked to Political place of work. the matter of the bounds of the Political staff. the dominion OF THE ZULU OF SOUTH AFRICA. Max Gluckman. B.A. (How.) (Witwatersrand), D.Phil. (Oxon). Professor of Social Anthropology within the collage of Manchester old creation. The Zulu King and the kingdom. prestige and Political energy. The Tribes in the country, Sanctions on Authority and the steadiness of the nation. the folks 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 college of Cape toton Ethnic Composition and Territorial structure. the executive process. Powers and Authority of the executive. Rights and duties of Chieftainship. THE POLITICAL approach OF THE BEMBA TRIBE NORTHEASTERN RHODESIA. Audrey I. Richards, M.A«(Cantab\ Ph.D.(London). Reader in Social Anthropology on the London university of Economics and Political technological know-how, collage of London 83Bantu Political association a few common gains The Bemba Tribe: Tribal Composition Social Grouping Kinship neighborhood Grouping Rank different rules of Social Grouping fiscal history White management. Bases of Authority: The Dogma of Descent criminal ideas 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 professionals 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 ancient historical past. Political prestige, the King and the Royal Kraal. Tribute. The Cult of Bagyendanwa. Succession. end.

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Rulers and subjects, ac tuated — by their private interests, infrinp;e fhp Though mips nf the constitutio n. us ually has a form calculated to hold in check an y tenHericy' tow ards absolute despotism, no African constitution can it prev ent a ruler from sometimes becoming a tyrant. y ^v^n sece ssion or revolt led ate ch iefs. of| ^ of of the royal family or cubord i n - liauD^flfed to Shaka. should be remembered that in these states there is only one theory of government. In the event of rebellion, the aim, and It only to change the personnel of result, is office and never to some new form of government.

If he capitulates entirely, government. he He may become a mere puppet of the pattern of reciprocal rights and duties which is destroyed. former Alternatively, he status, to colonial loses the support of his people because the some extent, may be bound him to them able to safeguard his by openly or covertly leading the opposition which his people inevitably feel towards alien rule. Very often he is in the equivocal position of having to reconcile his contradictory roles as representative of his people against the colonial government and of the latter against his people.

When, finally, it is stated as an observable descriptive fact that we are dealing here with institutions that serve to affirm and promote political solidarity we must ask why they do so. Why is an all-embracing administrative machinery or a wide-flung lineage system insufficient by itself to achieve this ? We cannot attempt to deal at length with all these questions. We have already given overmuch space to them because we consider them to be of the utmost importance, both from the theoretical and the practical point of view.

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