Re: Reality check

Matthew Hill (mhhill@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Tue, 2 Jul 1996 08:18:35 -0400

On Mon, 1 Jul 1996, William M. Loker wrote:

> However, John's point is well-taken that examples of large scale (>1,000
> people) societies/institutions organized along egalitarian lines is
> rare-to-absent. This is why I still like the Band-Tribe-Chiefdom-State
> typology, because it is informative on such matters. I recognize that
> this makes me an intellectual luddite or worse. (We were supposed to
> throw out such typologies long ago) ...
> Does anyone (besides me) still use the B-T-Ch-S typology in teaching?
I use it in teaching an introductory course which covers both human
and cultural evolution in 11 weeks. I do try to make it very clear to
the students that this is highly generalized and idealized and does not
describe the evolution of specific cultures.

Matthew Hill (