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Variation in Political Stratification among the Yomut Turkmen
Vol. 44, No. 3, Comparative Studies of Nomadism and Pastoralism (Special Issue) (Jul., 1971), pp. 143-156
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3316935
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This paper explores variation in the political organization of a single tribal group, the Yomut Turkmen of northern Persia. Two types of variation are examined: (1) variation among different communities at a single point in time, and (2) variation over time. The first comparison consists of an examination of the political organization of Yomut communities before 1925, at a time when the Persian government had not yet established fully effective control over the Yomut, but did exercise varying degrees of limited control through a form of indirect rule over some Yomut communities. The second comparison examines the difference between the current political organization of the Yomut and that which obtained in the period before 1925. In each of these exercises in comparison, an attempt is made to show that the observed differences in political form are a result of differences in the relationship of the nomadic Yomut to the Persian government and the sedentary society in which that government is based.
Anthropological Quarterly © 1971 The George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research