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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Not surprisingly , therefore , religion and ritual magic and divination have been
the source of many aspects of science , the pictorial arts , sculpture , drama , and
sport , 24 and have generally provided mankind with larger purposes than those
In the first place , every kind of system has certain aspects or variables that are of
more importance than others . In the previous chapter we saw that for all societies
descent , relative age , the relations between the sexes , rules of residence ...
But there seems little doubt that specific aspects of social organization and of
culture in general can be shown to have stagelike properties : technology (
Mumford 1934 ) , writing ( Gelb 1963 ) , the graphic arts ( Gablik 1977 , Gowans
1979 ) ...
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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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