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 cultures are also composed of molecular traits consisting of instructions . Both
biological and cultural evolution involve nothing but the differential propagation
of instructions : soma and society are merely an instruction's way to make more ...
invention , and the ways in which novel traits are assimilated into alien cultures .
As indicated in the previous chapter , we also need a far more extensive cross -
cultural study of world - views , in order to develop a more refined typology .
( 1971 ) Culture , Man , and Nature ; an introduction to general anthropology .
New York ... ( 1984 ) ' A cultural materialist theory of band and village warfare :
the Yanomamo test , in Warfare , Culture , and Environment , ed . R. B. Ferguson
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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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