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 development of organic solidarity is associated with an increased division of
labour and involves a differentiation of social functions , co - ordinated by
centralized authority , so that social relations become more individualistic , wider
... than clan , just as ritual status is closely associated with elderhood . Nor do we
find among the Nuer and Masai that sacrifice , which Lincoln regards as uniquely
associated with priestly status , is in reality the exclusive prerogative of priests .
Lienhardt's account of the Dinka makes no reference to any free or clan divinities
which are in any way peculiarly associated with warriors , nor do we find such
beings in Masai belief either . Lincoln has therefore taken a solitary and ...
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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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