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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( c ) Lack of concentration of force at the critical point : Violation of concentration
at the critical point is so prevalent in primitive war as to be one of its features . The
warrior , in contrast with the solider , almost always yields to the temptation to ...
This distinction between authority and force is an essential political principle on
which all early states rely , and which is well taught by age - grouping systems .
Writing of the Bantu chiefdoms of southern Africa , Schapera says : The trend ...
Political authority is based on elected ward councils and town councils ; in these ,
elders exercise conciliar and ritual authority , while armed force is the prerogative
of the warrior grade , acting as a police force under the direction of the elders .
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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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