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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( Ibid . , 502 ) No doubt , the military supremacy of large centralized states with
professional armies over small , uncentralized tribal societies , or the
supersession of stone tools by metal tools are clear instances of ' selection by
consequences ' ...
Finally , warfare among roughly equivalent neighbours gives people an
appreciation for the protection that centralized leadership affords ( Service 1975 :
299 ) . In effect , Service concludes that people accept more centralized polities
... strongly traditionalized 700-800 Centralized 1000-1200 Decentralized 8300
Largely centralized 3000-4000 Decentralized ; strongly traditionalized 9500
Largely centralized 13,600 Decentralized ; strongly traditionalized Teotihuacán
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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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