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Ch 23: Studying Political Organization in Anthropology: Help and Review

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The Studying Political Organization in Anthropology chapter of this Intro to Anthropology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master political organization throughout history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of political organization.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory anthropology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory anthropology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding various modes of political organization
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about political organization in anthropology
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Studying Political Organization in Anthropology chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Studying Political Organization in Anthropology chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any political organization question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a political organization unit of a standard introductory anthropology course. Topics covered include:

  • Sources of governmental conflict
  • Political organizations
  • Foraging bands and tribes
  • Chiefdom
  • Physical and cultural boundaries

16 Lessons in Chapter 23: Studying Political Organization in Anthropology: Help and Review
Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

1. Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

In this lesson, we will explore the concept of politics. We will examine the various definitions of the word, take a close look at the role of politics in government, and investigate the conflicts sometimes caused by politics.

Political Organizations: Bands, Tribes, Chiefdoms & States

2. Political Organizations: Bands, Tribes, Chiefdoms & States

This lesson will seek to explain the different social structures that exist across the globe. In doing so, it will highlight bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states. It will also define mana and redistribution.

Foraging Bands: Defining Features

3. Foraging Bands: Defining Features

This lesson defines foraging and bands and explores the distinguishing features of foraging bands. You'll also learn about concepts of customs and egalitarian societies.

Foraging Tribes: Defining Features

4. Foraging Tribes: Defining Features

This lesson will explain the distinguishing features of foraging tribes. In doing so, it will highlight bands, egalitarian societies, the nomadic lifestyle, loose political ties, and sodalities.

Chiefdom: Defining Features

5. Chiefdom: Defining Features

This lesson will explain the political structure of a chiefdom. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of mana, redistribution, and multi-leveled chiefdoms found within many less industrialized societies around the globe.

State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

6. State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of a state. In doing so, it will highlight legitimate power, traditional authority, rational authority, and a federal system of states.

Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More

7. Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More

This lesson will seek to explain and identify the many shapes that states can be found in. In doing so, it will define the word state and the importance of sovereignty.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

8. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.

Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence

9. Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence

This lesson will explain the characteristics of local governments. In doing so, it will define the terms delimitation, redistricting, constituency, and gerrymandering as well as the role these terms play in local governance.

Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

10. Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

This lesson will seek to explain the political cooperation among states. In doing so, it will define the terms 'treaty' and 'state,' as well as explore military and economic alliances.

Power, Authority & Influence in Political Organizations

11. Power, Authority & Influence in Political Organizations

This lesson will explain the differences between power, authority, and influence within a political organization. In doing so, it will highlight terms like charisma, rational authority, traditional authority, and personal power.

Types of Social Control: Customs, Laws & War

12. Types of Social Control: Customs, Laws & War

This lesson will seek to explain the different social controls or constraints that exist in societies around the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of customs, laws, and war.

Geopolitics: Definition, Foundations & Example

13. Geopolitics: Definition, Foundations & Example

This lesson will examine what geopolitics is in greater detail as well as provide causes and examples. After you learn about all this, you can then test your newfound knowledge with a quiz.

Political Change:  Definition & Explanation

14. Political Change: Definition & Explanation

This lesson examines political changes with specific focus on the definition of political change, types of political changes, and examples of political changes. When you are through, check your understanding by taking the short quiz.

Political Economy: International, Local and Definition

15. Political Economy: International, Local and Definition

Political economy is the study of how economic forces relate to laws and the political environment, both national and global. This lesson will explore that relationship, aspects of its history and discuss what is being done with it today.

What is a Political Map?

16. What is a Political Map?

This lesson discusses the features of political maps. The term 'political map' is defined, key features of the political map are discussed, and tips are given for reading a political map.

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