Reflections on a meeting: structure, language, and the polity in a small‐scale society

Fred Myers

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    Abstract

    Careful attention to the importance of language shows it to be a constitutive part of Pintupi social life. Accounting for the value and form of this activity leads to reconceptualizing the nature of politics and the polity in an Australian Aboriginal society. Implications of these structural features for the practical experience of a cultural subject are explored through comparison with other societies. The existence of systematic variation argues that we must attend to kinds of structural differences in the polity of small‐scale societies. 1986 American Anthropological Association

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)430-447
    Number of pages18
    JournalAmerican Ethnologist
    Volume13
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 1986

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology

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