Thomas R. Barker: Contrapuntal Lineage, Clan, and Village. A Regional Perspective. 117-135

Abstract. – Tait’s recognition and re-ordination of contiguous and non-contiguous regions (and their sub-regions), founded on the proposed ordered ontologies was, for instance, commensurability as governance or polity. Its commensurability was as governance for instance when, subsequently, the jural-political domain was uniform throughout the region and sub-regions considered, or when the jural-political domain was extended. Its commensurability can be as government when, subsequently, the jural-political domain can be reduplicated and extended or projected, in a much reduced form, as the domain of ethnicity, which may also be, simultaneously, a system of sub-regions, regions, and supra-regions from central, identifiable frames of reference. Historically and ethnographically West African social systems exhibited a de facto totalization and pre-totalization necessary to the reproduction of the constituent elements and systems as structures, and their transformation in a macro-structural environment. In this conception bounded groups of “scale” remained which were subject to circumstances, conditions, affairs, and expansive strategies of control. They were progressively reproduced asymmetrically but with numerous revisions, reversions, and reflexivity in the assumed sequences. [Ghana, Konkomba, Dogon, contrapuntality, lineage, region