Category Archives: Hierarchy

Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks – A framework about Societal Evolution

What forms account for the organization of societies?  How have people organized their societies across the ages?  The answer may be reduced to four basic forms of organization: the kinship-based tribe, as denoted by the structure of extended families, clans, … Continue reading

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Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire

In this new collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Written in an unpretentious style that uses accessible and entertaining language to convey complex theoretical ideas, these twelve essays cover a lot … Continue reading

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Hierarchy, Freedom and Learning

Learning Requires Freedom Defeating Dominance and Achieving Equality Hunter-Gatherers’ Playful Parenting How Hunter-Gatherers Maintained Their Egalitarian Ways The Natural Environment for Children’s Self-Education Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education We humans have two fundamentally different ways of governing … Continue reading

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Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior

Read Are humans by nature hierarchical or egalitarian? Hierarchy in the Forest addresses this question by examining the evolutionary origins of social and political behavior. Christopher Boehm, an anthropologist whose fieldwork has focused on the political arrangements of human and … Continue reading

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Neither market nor hierarchy nor network – The emergence of bazaar governance

Read A growing body of literature describes the open source phenomenon in the software industry.  Drawing on transaction cost economics, we propose that open source projects illustrate a new generic governance structure — which we label bazaar governance — based … Continue reading

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Hierarchical organization in complex networks

Many real networks in nature and society share two generic properties: they are scale-free and they display a high degree of clustering. We show that these two features are the consequence of a hierarchical organization, implying that small groups of … Continue reading

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