chapter  XI
An Anthropological Definition of Law
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We may therefore finally dismiss the view that , group-sentiment' or 'collective responsibility' is the only or even the main force which ensures adhesion to custom and which makes it binding or legal. Esprit de corps, solidarity, pride in one's community and clan exist undoubtedly among the Melanesians-no social order could be maintained without them in any culture high or low. I only want to enter a caution against such exaggerated views as those of Rivers, Sidney Hartland, Durkheim, and others, which

would make this unselfish, impersonal, unlimited grouployalty the corner-stone of all social order in primitive cultures. The savage is neither an extreme' collectivist ' nor an intransigent • individualist' -he is, like man in general, a mixture of both.