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And these must be maintained and innovations. financed long enough to make the practices habitual The conversion of external resources into social lever(Berger and Luckmann 1966; Bourdieu 1977). There- age locally requires (near) exclusive access to outside fore, factional leaders must have access to important goods, material, or information (Gosden 1989). This resources continuously over a period of years or even also allows the aggrandizer to operate partially outside decades (Binford 1983:219; Earle 1987:294).

The more wives Demographic increase does not and cannot force people and children the better (Coontz and Henderson 1986). to invent and adopt non-egalitarian social formations Since intensified resource procurement is a consequence (Netting 1990). Although there is a strong correlation of increased labor input, it follows that larger families between population size and level of sociopolitical com- may produce larger surpluses to invest in prestige complexity (Cohen 1985; Keeley 1988), we view population petition.

In the internal, or center-man mode, the he a enjoys rather direct control over the members of his faction (p. 191), while in the external sector his power is From achieved leadership to chiefly office determined by the dynamics of inter-factional com- While factional ascendance is a major process leading to petition, with relative factional size the most significant centralized community leadership over the short run, the factor leading to competitive victory (p. 197). Once in long-term persistence of such authority is largely inhipower as leader of the dominant faction, the he a is bited, ironically, by the tendency toward factionalism expected to act as arbiter for the village as a whole, a role itself.

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