Date of this Version
Published in Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Volume 4 (1977).
The group, foster home provides an appropriate setting for an anthropological analysis of the evolution of political power-its acquisition, maintenance, and transfer. This paper discusses the relationship of roles between the group-home counselor (as the leader) and the adolescent, foster boys (as the leader's power base). As this power base is established, the leadership role changes from "strong" to "weak" and is transferred to subsequent counselors who must undergo this same political process.