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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( Ibid . , 13 ) In 13 of these 14 cases , the defeated groups returned to their
territory . The only group which failed to do so was the now extinct Worau , ' that
had been living on the south side of the Jimi River , where it had been attacked
by an ...
( Ibid . , 21 ) The king's authority was comparable to that of a parent over his
children , or a shepherd over his sheep : ' It was said that " Heaven , in giving
birth to the people , appointed rulers to act as their superintendents and
Indra is frequently referred to as ' winner of the sun ' , ' lord of the sun ' , etc. , and
ritual chariot races were run with a symbol of the sun as the prize , in imitation of
Indra's primordial act ( ibid . , 220 ) . Usas , Goddess of the Dawn , was also ...
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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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