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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continuity over change is also an essential feature of social evolution , and no
theory which fails to take account of this can be adequate to the facts . 3. Social
structure , causality , and the individual In the previous section I referred to the ...
So , for example , he pretty well anticipates Carneiro's very important concept of
circumscription " as an essential element in the formation of the state : Though , in
regions where circumstances permit , the tribes descended from some original ...
First , it is essential to be able to specify in precise terms the trait whose presence
and survival one wishes to explain , and to specify with equal precision the
adaptive value which this trait confers , and on whom . What is adaptive for one
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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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