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Why does Kottak prefer to speak of sociopolitical organization considering how...

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ladyc60 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM via web

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Why does Kottak prefer to speak of sociopolitical organization considering how anthropologists have traditionally differed from political scientists in their approach to the political?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM (Answer #1)

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1. "Sociopolitical" is a combined word that joins social or sociological with political. The meanings addresses the areas of  life where social and political concerns intersect and interact with each other.

2. Kottak makes it a point to specify that when anthropologists identify movement from tribes to band to chiefdoms to states, these movements are made in part through political impetus and partly through sociological impetus. Thus these movements upward in political development arise not only out of political motivations and needs but they arise jointly out of social motivations and needs. Therefore the movements in political organization are socio-political or sociopolitical movements that reflect society and political changes.

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