Professor Reymers - Fall 2019

Bonus Online Media B2 (optional)


Read the following article about the development of human leadership and authority structures by Marvin Harris, titled Life Without Chiefs, then answer the questions below.

1. What is a headman, and do the !Kung people have headmen? Explain your answer.

2. What forms of economic distribution would be most closely associated with headmen and chiefs, respectively, and why?

3. What are some examples of the use (and abuse) of group labor by chiefs to erect “sacred precincts for communal rituals marking the change of seasons”?

4. What implications does the development of social status and hierarchy have on the modern world?

E-mail your completed assignment
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Due Friday December 6, 5pm

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.