Previous Chapter Chapter 18: Political Organizations Next Chapter

Elaine M. Reeves

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 18: Political Organizations

  • Citations
  • Add to My List
  • Text Size

Political Organizations
Political organizations

Political anthropology is a subset of social and cultural anthropology, with a special interest in the political process as a way for societies to institutionalize common values. Specifically, British anthropologists in the 1940s helped to establish political anthropology as a subdivision of anthropology.

Politics is the arena of power relations, serving as the social institution through which power is acquired by people and groups. Government is a formal organization responsible for regulating relationships among members of a society and between a society and other foreign societies from outside of established boundaries. When resources are allocated by a governmental authority structure, the political process is in place and active.

Political organizations express power and authority in both traditional and modern communities. Power can be egalitarian ...

Looks like you do not have access to this content.


Don’t know how to login?

Click here for free trial login.

Back to Top

Copy and paste the following HTML into your website