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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But even here , let it be noted , we have already distinguished between two types
of unit , one of which is relevant when we consider the structure and function of
an organism , and the other when we consider the inheritance of that structure .
But while the theory that cultural selection operates primarily on variations in
discrete traits and trait combinations may seem plausible when we consider traits
one at a time , it runs immediately into one of the basic obstacles confronting any
This is to consider a single society and demonstrate that its organization is
consistent in various ways with the mode of subsistence . All that such case
studies can establish , however , is that in the societies concerned the people can
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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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