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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First , as a general principle , when we find that particular clans are termed '
priests ' and others ' warriors ' , this does not mean , in an African context , that
members of each clan may only perform one kind of social function . Thus , while
The reason for this high percentage of strangers is that “ The pursuit of wealth
leads men to seek to expand their initial patrimony of land and cattle by obtaining
gardens and pasture in clan areas other than their own ' ( Hamer 1970 : 55 ) .
Thus these descent groupings constitute the basis of territorial divisions with sub
- clans being further divided into district , olauw , and village , kaca , units . At the
head of each clan and sub - clan is a chief , Morte , whose role is largely ritual ...
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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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