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lacking a head or a clearly defined head

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In contrast with precolonial agrarian states such as the Buganda, Toro, or Ankole kingdoms in contemporary Uganda, their political organization was relatively egalitarian in nature, in many cases eschewing even the appointment of chiefs in favour of councils of elders, as was the case for many relatively acephalous groups in western Kenya (Sutton, 1976).
Although much of the evidence (including the temporal sequence, Hf s inclusion of complete texts where D has extracts or acephalous texts, and the fact that the same combination of texts is found in both manuscripts and nowhere else) seem to suggest that Hf is D's direct ancestor, the pattern of variants (40) reveals a more complicated history of transmission.
The first two types of segmentary or acephalous groups/tribes with and without rulers, were family, lineage or clan based, and regulated their affairs under unwritten rules that were partly religious and partly magic by origin.3 City-states (Greek) and empires (Roman) among the pre-modern political entities came close to being a state.
This history of return offers another understanding of the internal dynamics of the Rastafari movement, in particular regarding the structuring and mobilizing role of Rastafari organizations, a role that challenges the common image of an "acephalous" movement (Chevannes 1998:31).
such movements are the characteristic form of resistance among small, divided, acephalous societies that have no central institutions that might help coordinate joint action ...
Many virtues are attributed to subak, the irrigation associations; they all convey a down-to-earth picture of egalitarianism, collectivism, consensus-oriented and acephalous goal-oriented associations of individual cultivators who were, at the same time, 'private persons' (see, for example, Geertz 1980:51).
But the imposing, acephalous beast was also freakishly sui generis--an unnamable being imaginatively retrieved, perhaps, from previously undisturbed depths.
The Mole-Dagbane kingdoms (Mamprusis, Dagombas, and Mossis), from the northeast and strongly hierarchical, settled in the northern area of Ghana between the 13th-15th centuries, and dominated the acephalous groups installed there.
Within the tradition of Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah and the descriptions of the tribal solidarity or asabiyah and later Evans-Pritchard, and his close colleague at Cambridge, Ernest Gellner, Ahmed discusses the acephalous (headless), segmentary lineage system as the genealogical and structural basis of clan and subclan units of affiliation and balanced opposition found in many of these tribes.
Perhaps Durkheim's reserve about the symbolism attending what Carl Schmitt would later call political theology, reflects not an eliminationist but an acephalous impulse: better characterized as a negative political theology, or an atheological refusal to draw attention toward figures of political idolatry.
The anticipation was that the multiplexes, through heterodox approaches, would create a more acephalous cinematic space, where commercial and art-house could coexist under the banner of a 'meritocracy'.
One of the unexpected effects of this process has been the creation of an acephalous and unstructured community of young people around or under the age of 30 (the so-called "children of Revolution," born after 1979, who represent about the 70% of the whole population), (6) used to communicating through the Internet.
(50) Though it did not participate at first in the largely acephalous, non-partisan and youth-dominated protests, the Brotherhood turned up in force on January 28, the third consecutive Friday march in Amman.