Assertion and Appeal
Kaluli society is basically egalitarian. It consists of a number of loosely knit residence communities (longhouses) that lack important corporate groups, roles of authority, and specialized jural and political institutions. A person’s sense of obligation and his appeals for assistance or support are directed primarily toward particular individuals in his own and other longhouse communities. The networks of the various individuals in a longhouse community may overlap to some extent but they are not themselves groups. Rather, they form a flexible reservoir of relationships from which temporary groups may be brought into being (whether or not across an opposition) according to the circumstances.
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