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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Descent A capital letter indicates the prevailing rule of descent . M The principal
consanguineal kin groups are based on matrilineal descent , e.g. matrilineages .
P The principal consanguineal kin groups are based on patrilineal descent , e.g.
( b ) Lineality and seniority of birth Lineality , usually patrilineality , is an extremely
common mode of reckoning descent . ? While cognatic descent groups can
control resources if they have a common residence ( e.g. in Polynesia , see
Whatever the reasons for this institution , it certainly did not appear because it
was for the good of society ; but in combination with lineality it produces the
possibility of senior and junior lines within the descent group and on this basis
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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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