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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P The principal consanguineal kin groups are based on patrilineal descent , e.g.
patrilineages . D Double descent prevails , both matrilineal and patrilineal
descent groups being present . A The principal consanguineal kin groups are
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
The basic importance of descent for chiefly authority is attested by ethnography
from all over the world ( e.g. Mair 1962 ... ( c ) Age While members of all descent
groups are necessarily stratified on the basis of generational level , and hence 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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