The video clip you will view (see below) is a scene from American
Samoa: Paradise Lost? This classic description from the 1960s is
typical of Samoan society and its traditional political leadership
system. Note the chief was related to the people he governed. The
economic exchanges in the Samoan village all were supervised by the
chief. In turn, the village chief was responsible for the welfare of
his villagers. Displays of economic distribution, such as the feast
illustrated in the video clip, were important means for demonstrating
the benevolent power of the chief. When the American government sent
leaders to oversee this island nation, there were conflict between the
traditional village system of distribution and reciprocity and the
Western notions of how the government should operate.
Write a 1- page case analysis in which you respond to the following questions.
How did the traditional system of chiefly power reinforce the close
knit social system of village life?
How do the values of achievement and ascription operate in opposition
in some leadership situations?
What are the implications of this case for economic and political
conflict in the global community? Identify and discuss a similar case
from another region of the world.
To access the video clip:
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