In the 1950s Jack Goody described the LoDagaa (Dagara) of northern Ghana as an example of a society without a ruler. In the annual Goody Lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) on Thursday, 13 June, Mainz anthropologist Carola Lentz takes a look at how the social structures and political organization of this group have changed over the course of the twentieth century. In a lecture entitled “Class and Power in a Stateless Society: revisiting Jack Goody’s ethnography of the LoDagaa (Ghana)”, she traces the emergence of chieftaincy, ethnicity, and a middle class among the Dagara. The English-language talk will take place at 18:00 at the MPI, Advokatenweg 36, Halle. The Goody Lectures are organized by Prof. Chris Hann, Director of the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation’.