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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Generals are much rarer than privates , but what would it mean to say that they
had less ' fitness ' ? ... or population frequency is likely to be closely related to the
longevity of the gene or trait this is by no means the case in ordered systems .
Differentation , however , produces ' strain ' , and this in turn requires
éreintegration ' by means of more generalized value systems and more
specialized and flexible institutional forms to re - establish social equilibrium . As
Smith rightly ...
Sometimes this means changing locale , sometimes it means joining voluntary
associations such as the iddir , and sometimes it means changing alliances . But
in each case there is considerable freedom of choice . ( e ) Most of the peoples
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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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