The Principles of Social Evolution
Clarendon Press, 1986 - 412 Seiten
Dispelling the general assumption that social institutions survive because of their sophisticated adaptive advantages, this groundbreaking work asserts that the most common customs and institutions may endure because of their very simplicity or as a result of simple human proclivity. Using religious, military, and kinship institutions to illustrate this argument, the author shows that a precise combination of these factors may lead to the emergence of new forms of social evolution.
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examples - Chinese and Indo - European - and showing that while on one hand
their general evolutionary development conforms to the structural principles
established in Chapter V , the specific characteristics of this process have been
one may readily believe that for a time such an institution was normal in China ,
too . But it is clear that the basic tendency of Chinese culture , especially as
refined by the Confucians and applied by the scholar - officials , was
( 1981a ) ' Authority and law in ancient China ' , in Essays on Chinese Civilization
, eds . C. LeBlanc and D. Borei , 161-70 . Princeton University Press . ( 1981b ) '
Basic concepts of Chinese law : the genesis and evolution of legal thought in ...
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I'm glad this was the first book I read on social evolution. The author does a great job of explaining why the darwinian theory of variation and selection can not be applied directly to social ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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