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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For practical purposes judicial functions are performed by the officials of Gada
grade ( the grade which holds political authority for eight years ) . The senior
official is the Abba Gada , or Abba Boku , whose office is primarily ritual , but he is
Better still is the payment of such officials from taxation raised by other officials ,
and frequent postings from place to place . The separation of fiscal ,
administrative , and military functions is also a valuable technique in preventing
the problem ...
It cannot therefore be maintained that literate , centralized states of any size need
to select their officials by examination , and in order to explain the very early
appearance of this practice in China we must have recourse , yet again , to some
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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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