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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Cancian's objection that no precise connection can be established between
general needs and specific institutions therefore retains its force , not only
because of the generality of the needs in question but because of the multi -
Pig feasts , at which large quantities of pork are given to members of
neighbouring groups as well as one's own , are basic institutions of Kunimaipa
life , and these occasions are organized by leaders who must be able to establish
All this does not occur because it is mysteriously and wonderfully ' good for
society ' , but merely because any group of people who associate together
permanently will seek to establish certain rules , categories , and priorities as the
basis of co ...
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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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