CH5_Transformation_of_the_Communal_Order - IV. Chapter 5:...

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IV. Chapter 5: Transformation of the Communal Order A. Features of Structural Atomism common to subartic Indian groups that derive from their adaptation of rugged individual self-sufficiency to a difficult environment. 1. Weak formal and "organic" bonds linking individuals, whether in the domain of kinship, economics, politics or religion. 2. A consequent negative, disruptive quality that penetrates even family life, which, as a result, is notably unstable. 3. Strained social relations, which predominate despite the veneer of amiability. Sorcery is a manifestation of the covert hostility and feeling of interpersonal repulsion" that perpetuates the negative tone of social relations. B. Limitations of Community Life 1. Traditional society was loose knit and had no need for voluntary associations, specialized societies (like the Cheyenne soldier societies), or complex, cooperative institutions. 2.
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