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Title:The Governmental Roles of Associations among the Yakö
Author:Forde, C. Daryll
Year:1961
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:31
Issue:4
Period:October
Pages:309-323
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:traditional polities
Yakö
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1157149
https://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1961-031-00-000029
Abstract:A tendency to schemes of apparently clear-cut categories (Durkheim, Fortes and Evan-Pritchard) hindered general recognition that some indigenous forms of government in Africa cannot be fitted into a simple dichotomy. There are societies in which self perpetuating associations exercise autonomous ritual power and secular authority over part or all of the population with respect to a major of social life, while governmental powers may be widely distributed among the number of independent and overlapping agencies. The co-ordination of political action is achieved to the extent that there is mutual adjustment of the distinct competences of the agencies by the several associations. Among the Yakö the role of associations is analysed here as an instance of political organization of this kind. References, French summary.
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