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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... arbitrary , or symbolic communication linkage of components and less and less
on substantive and energy linkages , until at the sociocultural level the system is
linked almost entirely by conventionalized information exchange , with process ...
and against their fellow organisms ' ( Newcomb 1950 : 37 ) and ' As societies
compete , the less well adapted tend to fall by the wayside , leaving outstanding
those best able to withstand the competition ' ( Carneiro 1970a : xii ) . The idea
... survival than others and so leave more offspring than their less efficient
competitors , thus perpetuating their more efficient characteristics through their
descendants , and causing the less efficient characteristics of their competitors to
die out .
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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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