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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The sample of Agricultural societies was composed of those coded as ' D ' for
agriculture , and this sample was then further distinguished into the three
categories of Shifting , Intensive , and Irrigation agriculture on the basis of the
coding in ...
But we observed in Chapter IV that all important social institutions ( including
artefacts and types of economy ) have many properties : agriculture , for example
, not only permits a larger population per unit area than any other type of
And of course it is for a good reason that this has been emphasized , for in this
lies an important difference between the practice of most kinds of irrigation
agriculture and the practice of many kinds of rainfall farming . But the corollary of
this is ...
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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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