Warfare and Society
Warfare and Society Scale
War equally common in large and small societies
War has become a part of society due to the need to take what
others have, the passion for revenge, and due to religious beliefs.
For a long time, and to som
Witchcraft and the transformation of the vampire from witch accusation to folklore to
Origin of legends, why they are hurt by wooden stakes.
Relationship to vampire finders/slayers.
Why vampires are now fiction rather than legend.
- Structure, scale, material culture, economics. Social differentiation.
Associated with farming or herding societies
Communities of a few hundred to a couple of thousand
temporary cooperation between groups or tempora
The History of War
Inter-societal violent conflict
Weapons of the weak
Negotiation and manipulation of rules
Ambiguous kinds of War
The American Family
American families: Making family and the holidays. Changes to the
Maintain and define, networks
Holiday dinners and visits
without adult woman, these events less comprehensive, less common
Social structure and small scale society
Rare to scarcity of hunter gatherers
Tribal societies may exist within states, typically as indigenous
not a significant form of political organization today due
Religion: Rites of passage and intensification (class and text pp. 90-94),
legitimizing present through ancestors. Funerals, Run for the Wall,
megalithic tombs, Holo-Tupac.
Experience of religion, megachurches, Chavin de Huantar.
Rites of passa
Reciprocity, kinds of. How do generalized or balanced reciprocity affect
What about currency and market exchange?
Trobriand islander trade in prestige goods, function of the trade,
relationship to other economics, to soc
The Aetherius society
First groups and individual emerge in 1950s but still continues
All forms of warning people on way to destruction
When Prophecy fails
Emphasis on cognitive dissonance
Can change your attitude or beliefs
Potlatch & Disease:
Potlatch: ritually giving of gifts and displaying wealth
heaps of blankets
Section of copper shields
modern potlatch gifts
person moving up in ranks has to give gifts to the party goers
if high ranking lots
if not that little of gif