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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It is clear that all these institutional features ( seniority of descent and or relative
age , religious office , spokesmanship , war leadership , mediation , managerial
functions , and redistribution ) will mutually reinforce one another , especially ...
... next section . 6. The rationalization of society The emergence of the state can
be said to involve the steady rationalization of society . By this I mean , first of all ,
the growing subordination of the whole of society to a few clear and overriding ...
clear boundaries and rules of behaviour and legal obligations for ward members
. Descent is organized by patrilineage , with a lineage head , and lineage
members again have clear duties and obligations to one another distinct from
those of ...
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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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