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Chapter 9 Political Organization March 7, 2010
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Wealth and Power in the Asante State emerged out of the military conquest of surrounding tribes in l701 highly productive economy of intensive cultivation accessible deposits of gold a slave trade with Europe Asante social stratification consisted of Slaves Peasants urban specialists government officials, at the top, the Asantehene and his royal family
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Wealth and Power in the Asante State social stratification based on individual competition Achievement accumulation of wealth all of which were directly or indirectly controlled by the king the state was maintained its control by appointing office holders and military leaders loaning these officials and leaders money and thus putting them in debt to the king if appointed office holders or military leaders became wealthy they were publicly acknowledged as contributors to the glory of the state thereby reinforcing the power of the state
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Wealth and Power in the Asante State if wealthy members of society went bankrupt they were held responsible for undermining the public good were denied symbols of power (i.e. official titles, ritual insignia, and participation in public rituals) agricultural labor was managed by the state to support the elites the state justified its control over the redistribution of wealth by promoting the value that the wealthy deserved to hold power reminding that redistribution benefited society
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Wealth and Power in the Asante State the state accepted only gold for payment of fines those who could not pay had to give land and laborers to the state (no credit) The Asante state demonstrates how the distribution and use of power interacts with other aspects of society the role of culture in maintaining and contesting the political status quo
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Political Organization Political organization is about power. it refers to the many different ways in which power is used in all societies this is for the purpose of maintaining themselves collectively over time How is the US’s political organization similar and different to that of the Asante State?
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Power and Authority Power the ability to exercise one’s will over others and cause people to take actions that they might not take otherwise Authority the socially approved use of power based on personal characteristics such as Honor Status Knowledge Ability Respect the holding of formal public office ex. an armed robber does not have authority but she/he does have power
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Break into your groups and choose a leader.
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