Chiefdom

  • a chiefdom is a form of hierarchical political organization in non-industrial societies usually based on kinship, and in which formal leadership is monopolized by the legitimate senior members of select families or 'houses'. these elites form a political-ideological aristocracy relative to the general group.[1]

  • overview
  • chiefdoms on the indian subcontinent
  • native chieftain system in china
  • alternatives to chiefdoms
  • see also
  • bibliography
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A chiefdom is a form of hierarchical political organization in non-industrial societies usually based on kinship, and in which formal leadership is monopolized by the legitimate senior members of select families or 'houses'. These elites form a political-ideological aristocracy relative to the general group.[1]