This book provides a vivid and informative view of life in traditional groups that are ordered mainly through the informal operation of everyday social relations, based on Colson's field research with North American Indians and with peoples in what is now Zambia.
1. An Explanatory Introduction 2. Lewis Henry Morgan and the Study of Political Systems 3. A Society of Equals: The Problem of Consensus 4. The Limits of Authority: Knowing the Rules 5. The Search for Utopia