primitive society

primitive society

the least internally differentiated, and earliest, form(s) of human societies. As one of a number of terms (e.g. SIMPLE SOCIETY or SAVAGERY) also used to refer to such societies, the use of’primitive society’ suggests an elementary or basic level of technological and social organizational complexity. Theorists such as Levy-Bruhl (1923) have also proposed ‘pre-logical’ forms of primitive mentality associated with such levels of technological and social organization.

Notwithstanding the sympathetic and non-judgemental way that the term ‘primitive society’ has often been employed, the pejorative connotations of it have tended to lead to the use of alternative terms such as simple society, TRIBAL SOCIETY or NONLITERATE SOCIETY. However, none of these alternatives is able to entirely escape derogatory overtones. These arise from the basic cultural assumptions of modern societies in which modern society is seen as a superior form. The only solution is to continue to work towards accounts of premodern societies which do not automatically adopt such assumptions but explore the qualities of these forms of society in an open-ended way see also EVOLUTIONARY THEORY.

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If primitive society is understood in the light of the state, the state is understood in the light of its most perfect form, when the good after which all societies are seeking is realised in its perfection.
The consort of Governor Shute, moreover, had been as a mother to her childhood, and was now anxious to receive her, in the hope that a beautiful young woman would be exposed to infinitely less peril from the primitive society of New England than amid the artifices and corruptions of a court.
If you describe to him a set of wild manners, and a state of primitive society existing in the Highlands of Scotland, he is much disposed to acquiesce in the truth of what is asserted.
The situation has deteriorated so much so that we may not be wrong if we say we are living in a primitive society. During inter-city journeys one has stay overnight in cheap lodging houses to get the next connecting bus.
I don't think of myself as a survivalist or an extremist, but preparedness in the face of a regressing, increasingly primitive society and a callous government seems less like extremism and more like good sense.
In other words, expats want to enjoy the prosperity of an advanced open society but are happy savouring the miasma of cultural narrowness of their abandoned primitive society. And we back home join them in lauding what is not laudable.
He added that the discovery was very meaningful as it would lead to the unravelling of the culture practised by primitive society and the presence of prehistoric humans around the Nenggiri Valley in Ulu Kelantan.
Levies are relic of the past which has lost its utility whatsoever it had once in a tribal setup in a primitive society. The indigenous Levies personnel are recruited with the approval of tribal Sardars.
Dogs are human's most loyal friends protecting their owners since the primitive society. The touching stories about dogs and human beings are too numerous to enumerate.
As the artist states in the video, this is "a primitive society of the future." Yao Qingmei's Sculpting 100 Euros, 2014, mixes performance and the readymade, presenting video footage of the artist rubbing a banknote.
The Ethiopian project, which aims to transform traditional primitive society into an industrial society based on transformational industries, including water conversion as Ethiopia's most important resource for electric power and a bargaining tool to build a more diversified economy, even at the expense of historic partners in water, agriculture and pasture.
"We were dealing with a primitive society, of simple, peaceful people, living under rural peasant conditions in huts built of local wood poles with thatched roofs.