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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Thus , since most animals are much hairier than human beings , some cultures
may use these differences to express the distinction between the realms of
culture and nature , as in myths which describe the first men as very hairy , and
also as ...
A typical East Cushitic society , with distinctive attitudes to kinship , seniority ,
peace , individual land tenure , the distinction between sacred and secular
authority , and individual achievement , is placed in a situation in which true
warfare for ...
At the most elementary level of organization , the household , a distinction is
drawn between the status and authority of senior and junior members . (
Goldman 1970 : 15 ) But while mana is primarily obtained through descent it can
also be ...
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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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