Re: Reality check

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Tue, 2 Jul 1996 10:36:33 -0400

In message <Pine.SUN.3.92.960701181825.26674A-100000@Ra.MsState.Edu> "William
M. Loker" writes:

> Does anyone (besides me) still use the B-T-Ch-S typology in teaching?

Yes. I find it very useful, although I am constantly pointing that these are
leaky categories and that particular aspects of, say typically band-tribal
religion or economics tend to persist into chiefdoms and states, but become
marginalized to the more typical characteristics of state-level societies.

Another useful categorization is small-scale (bands, tribes) vs. large-scale
(chiefdoms, states).

Somehow, the admonition to abandon these notions missed me, maybe because I'm a

Ronald Kephart
Dept of Language & Literature
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL USA 32224-2645
Phone: (904) 646-2580