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The preservation of order in stateless societies: A reinterpretation of Evans-Pritchard's 'The Nuer'

Bates, Robert H. (1983) The preservation of order in stateless societies: A reinterpretation of Evans-Pritchard's 'The Nuer'. In: Essays on the Political Economy of Rural Africa. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 7-20.

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Those who approach the study of the developing areas from an anthropological and economic perspective tend to talk past each other. This essay attempts to demonstrate that such a state of affairs only threatens the loss of mutually valuable insights. It attempts to do so by applying one of the basic models in political economy to one of the classic studies in anthropology--E. E. Evans-Pritchard's study of the Nuer--and by using that model to analyze a central issue in that study: in societies which lack formal structures of bureaucratic authority, how is order maintained?

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Additional Information:Originally appeared in: Frontiers of Economics, 1979. University Publications. Blacksburg, VA. The author, an Associate Professor of Political Science at California Institute of Technology, wishes to thank Charles Plolt, Morris Fiorina. John Ferejohn, Thayer Scudder. Elizabeth Colson, Gordon Tullock and two anonymous referees for their comments on an earlier version of this paper. None are responsible for the defects which remain. The expenses encountered in preparing this paper were met in part by NIH Grant (HD05707-03) and by N.S.F. Grant SOC77-80573. Formerly SSWP 112
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