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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A hunting people will have one type of social organization as a consequence of
this kind of activity , i.e. the use of certain technological implements ; an
agricultural , pastoral , or industrial people will have another cast to its social
... regardless of its residential distribution . E The predominant form of family
organization is a large extended family , i.e. one normally embracing the families
of procreation of at least two siblings or cousins in each of two adjacent
organized religion , certain economic activities , and above all military
organization are dependent on the age grade system for their existence . (
Fosbrooke 1948 : 25 ) In relation to Lincoln's theory it is of particular importance
to note that ...
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