Lineage-bonded society

Lineage-bonded society

Lineage Bonded Societies are a type of Acephalous Society, predicated on claims of a common ancestor.

A lineage-bonded society is, by population, the smallest classification of Acephalous Society. Beyond a certain size threshold, claims of common lineage become untenable, and the social ties resulting from those claims destabilize. A lineage-bonded society that outgrows its limits may break apart into subgroups. Such branches would then either become separate lineage-bonded societies, or would merge with a neighboring society. When two lineage-bonded societies merge in such a way, the outcome is a land-bonded society

Lineage-bonded societies may harbor secret societies, or may be large enough to support age sets but can't sustain both secret societies and age sets, and cannot make the transition to statehood.

These societies are similar to band societies.


*Based on material presented by Joseph C. Dorsey at Purdue University)

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