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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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Here, the quintessential example is perhaps the Buganda Kingdom in the Uganda Protectorate, in which 'Baganda sub-imperialism' or the use of Baganda agents as administrators, chiefs, and tax collectors became one of the principal means of integrating various relatively acephalous societies into the colonial state (e.g.
After the colonial era, some of the acephalous groups have created new leadership systems in an attempt to regain power over the territory.
But the legacy of revolutionary anti-authoritarianism directs its heirs toward different concerns: are acephalous representations of the social as whole possible, through, say, populist "empty" signifiers: "freedom" (Laclau 2005), or a "commons"?
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.
Pre-colonial society was essentially acephalous and the stories express the memory of this autochtonous form of segmentary society.
Scattered all over (H)mong society and throughout different dialects and tribal subgroups, the multi-local (H)mong clans are acephalous (lacking a head) inasmuch as the (H)mong have no traditional leadership.
What important part of the body is missing in an acephalous creature?
They reorganized in ways that would secure invisibility: designing horizontal and egalitarian social arrangements to avoid the concentration of power and the resulting tendency for state-making, living in acephalous and loosely integrated communities that became ungraspable to state representatives.
(So runs the shorthand jargon, no worse than others, that the 4B4V glossary and discussions employ: it means here that the last trochee is missing its slack.) On the other hand a robust majority of readers, their habits formed perhaps on the Africanizing backbeat of blues and rock, look to the end and read the line iambically with the acephalous catalexis of a premised initial slack.