Land-Bonded Societies are acephalous societies
that fall in between lineage-bonded societies
and village-bonded societies
Land-bonded societies are strictly agrarian
, excluding inherently nomadic pastoralists
from society. They form from the fragments of lineage-bonded societies that merge, and their only claim to social ties is the land they occupy.
While definitively larger than lineage-bonded societies, land-bonded societies share many of the same traits, including the inability to support age-grade sets and secret societies.
As land-bonded societies grow larger, they can change into Village-bonded societies
, which are able to simultaneously support age sets
and secret societies
, and enable them to transition to statehood.
(Based on material presented by Joseph C. Dorsey at Purdue University)
Category:Anthropological categories of peoples