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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their private motivations , understandings , purposes , and so on , but are also
expressions of the institutions , categories , rules , beliefs , and values of the
particular society into which the individuals composing it have been socialized ,
We observed in Chapter I that the notion of social evolution as guided by
conscious purpose is fundamentally untenable . An alternative is what he calls
the normative hypothesis , “ ... the integration of individual and social goals is
His work was extended to family groups by Bossard ( 1945 ) , and generalized by
Kephart ( 1950 ) In any social network there are three basic types of interaction : I
, individual - individual ; II , individual - group ; III , group - group . Because ...
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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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