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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These characteristics seem in fact to have been derived from his field - work
among the Sebei of East Africa , not from any extensive ( and essential ) cross -
cultural comparison which would have shown him that these traits are also to be
I shall demonstrate this in the next section by an examination of three societies in
Ethiopia which speak East Cushitic languages but which have very different
modes of subsistence , and it will become clear that they nevertheless share a ...
( Hallpike 1972 : 4 ) One source of this amalgam is the Werizold language
speakers ( Gauwada and Tsamai in particular ) , who , although members of the
Lowland East Cushitic Language Group , seem to have no pastoral tradition . (
On the ...
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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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