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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
- Physical and cultural boundaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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