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acephalous

[ā′sef·ə·ləs]
(botany)
Having the style originate at the base instead of at the apex of the ovary.
(zoology)
Lacking a head.

acephalous

(in SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY) (of a society) without formal leadership, e.g. with no provision for a chief or permanent political authority. See SEGMENTARY SOCIETIES, STATELESS SOCIETIES.
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1991; MacEachern 1990: 254) as it is by acephalous groups in other parts of Africa (see Lentz 1994; Willis 1992).
In this study, interaction between acephalous groups and more complex societies at the local, national and international levels creates other pressures on maintaining, masking or breaking down visible social boundaries.
Third, the movement is largely acephalous, with the partial exception of the important role typically played by the organisers of local protests.
Apart from the stratified Brunei and Iranun coastal societies, indigenous peoples of northern Borneo were classless acephalous societies, not chieftainships.
Selden's article reevaluates the ancient novel as the product not of a single author, but rather of an acephalous, autopoetic network of 'textualizers':
Political development and local authority In the past, the Nuba existed as an acephalous community.
Sejiq groups were egalitarian and acephalous, without permanent positions of political power.
Across the south, indirect rule was deployed following particularly brutal 'pacification', but the lack of executive authority within acephalous societies stymied colonial attempts to work through so-called native structures.
Be the origin of the Bruneis as it may, it shall not escape remark that once the notion of conquest is dismissed, it becomes more difficult than ever to postulate an autonomous Bisaya kingdom which the Bruneis overwhelmed and displaced, rather than a diffuse and acephalous "indigenous society," which developed its structural sophistication, including monarchy, from within its own resources and could sooner or later aptly be called "Malay.
As the person most likely to bear the brunt of dissatisfaction over the allocation of resources and other significant decisions, the Town Clerk also enables the imagined preservation of the acephalous norms of Luritja sociality.
The authors describe organizational designs that may "sometimes appear acephalous (headless), and at other times polycephalous (Hydra-headed).
32) As noted above, an acephalous copy of this poem is also found in Shirley-derived Harley 7333.