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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... a complete confusion between organism and environment , since selection
itself is now no longer an independent variable operating from outside society but
becomes an integral aspect of its internal working , a dependent variable in fact .
... we should not assume that the fate of prisoners of war was automatic slavery : '
In many advanced pre - modern societies prisoners of war were incorporated into
the victors ' societies in a dependent status other than slavery ' ( ibid . , 107 ) .
... earliest times , the endowment may often have consisted of a stretch of newly
conquered land , on which the recipient and his household could be maintained
by the food - rents and services of subject Britons and dependent Englishmen .
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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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