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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This will be especially true in societies where all adults have equal access to
basic resources for survival and reproduction , and where reciprocity is governed
by rules applying to all members of society . It follows that even when ...
... beyond the range of close relatives , was an insignificant aspect of social
organization , especially in Western and Northern Europe . Just as among the
East Cushitic peoples , the importance of this development ( which I am
suggesting was ...
Kuiper suggests that the giving of presents in a competitive spirit may well have
been an aspect of ritual , especially at the winter solstice , when these patrons
had the same function on the social level as Indra had on the religious one , viz ...
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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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