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However, in terms of analyzing the types of states that exist in the 'South', much of the literature on this phenomenon, including Jackson's, serves to confuse the various elements of state power and, therefore, the reasons for the existence and persistence of the so called ' quasi-states'. This chapter has identified three forms of state power: coercive power; infrastructural power; and power derived from the legitimacy of the state in the minds of its population. One of the primary reasons for a lack of legitimacy within 'quasi-states' is said to be an overriding absence of domestic consensus largely due to the dissonance between the state and the ethnic communities contained within its borders.
It consists of mere accretions, distortions even, overlaying and obscuring what is truly human the constant, the general, the universal -in man'. 31 From his anthropological analysis Geertz argued that this supposition was a highly erroneous one, in fact the opposite was true 'man is precisely the animal most desperately dependent upon such extragenetic, outside-the skin control mechanisms, such cultural programs [customs usages, traditions, habit clusters], for ordering his behaviour'. 32 For the primordialists, individuals are overwhelmingly affected by the fact that they are immersed within the culture of their particular community.
E. their cultural community, but have also assumed that ethnic identity has a certain immutable and inert quality about it. If this is the case, then it is difficult to explain the integration of various ethnic groups and the cultural melding that has occurred throughout history. If an ineffable significance is given to kinship ties through cultural conditioning, then it is difficult to explain, argue the instrumentalists, the circumstances that pertain today in which, for example: the Greek nation is actually constituted not only from Hellenic peoples but also from Avars, Slavs and Albanians as a result of huge influxes of these people from the eighth century onwards; or the fusion of Anglo-Saxon, Danish and Norman elements that not only resulted in the creation of Chaucerian English but has created an English identity with a concomitant belief in common descent.