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C'est qui, le patron? Kinship and the rentier leader in the Upper Watut

Burton, John Ellissen


Conclusion: A good deal more analysis needs to be given to the concept of the patron before we can say that he exists as a consistent leadership form. If he does, he succeeds in the tradition of the ‘despot’ leader discussed in the 1960s by Watson, Brown, Salisbury, Strathern and others. It may be that he is a creation of the postcolonial period with its growing emphasis on the ownership of resources, or that, if present before, his despotism was contained by the need to secure the military...[Show more]

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Date published: 1996
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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