Lecture 6: power and political organization in africa. Power is having authority over someone else and being able to control and influence a large body of people or someone ; power has the ability to shape the outcomes of events (transformative capacity) Political anthropologists are interested in how power is used and distributed around the world. Any kind of unit or entity that deals with the distribution of power are political organization. There are not always these kinds of political organizations within certain societies for example the. They wanted to identity the different forms of political organizations/systems in africa and came with. Small scaled bands society & tribes; had no centralized authority. Segmentary lineage systems : the kinship system has a large influence over political power .