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Synonyms for chief

Synonyms for chief

one who is highest in rank or authority

a professional politician who controls a party or political machine


having or exercising authority

Synonyms for chief

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First, ideas on and around sovereignty came to be fused to what was seemed most comprehensible to Europeans: hereditary chiefship.
Africans who laid claims to chiefship fought against others with regard to territory.
British forms of sociability intersected with classic Ganda ideas of chiefship, hospitality, and performance of authority, though not always in predictable ways.
55) Colonial retribution involved the confiscation of substantial lands, the introduction of a range of policies and practices such as tax collection that insinuated the state into the most intimate domains of the household, but also the destruction of Mpondomise chiefship.
in general and chiefship in particular are a function of complementary
I would argue that the most reactionary leaders have been commoners rather than chiefs, though sometimes invoking ideals about chiefship.
In some cases the chiefship is divided - where, for example, a younger brother has by a superior ability or bravery raised himself to the level of the elder, or even above him - so that in each particular purchase, there is a necessity for carefully ascertaining what is the community, and who are the chief or chiefs whose consent is needed to make the sale thoroughly valid and unquestionable (ibid.
This essay addresses Dumont's argument with Hegel via an examination of ethnographic material concerning the historical and contemporary nature of Fijian chiefship.
Hanson speculates that the ebitongole chiefships, which emerged in Buganda in the late 1700s as a way to organize workers and land, were not about consolidating royal power, but rather became a "mechanism for organising the labour of war captives," whose incorporation "profoundly destabilised the Buganda kingdom" (p.