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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Chiefs of the Murle ( neighbours of the Nuer and Dinka ) avoid doing anything
without first consulting the elders , lest they should be thought tyrannical or ' bitter
' , for a chief of this type would tend to lose to other villages people not closely ...
warrior status from a chief or his father in the assembly , when he was considered
capable of using them , after which he tried to attach himself to the retinue of a
chief : Conspicuously high birth , or signal services on the part of parents win the
No Germanic institution has a longer history . The phrases in which Tacitus
describes the retinue of a first - century chief can be applied to the companions of
King Cynewulf of Wessex in the eighth century and to those 356 Core Principles.
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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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