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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Firstly , there are those very small societies in which even the largest political unit
embraces a group of people all of whom are united to one another by ties of
kinship , so that political relations are coterminous with kinship relations and the ...
( b ) Indo - European kinship We can infer relatively little about early Indo -
European kinship : to be sure , most pastoral societies are patrilineal , and almost
all are patrilocal ( see above , Chapter IV , Section 2 ) , so it is fairly safe to
There is no space here to discuss the origin of the Roman patrilineal gens , but
the development of the Roman state drastically reduced its social importance ,
and by the fall of the Empire it can be said that kinship , beyond the range of
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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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