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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Their elaborate age - grading system , in particular , was quite unnecessary from
a functional point of view , and it was obvious that the Konso could have
organized themselves in many other ways , all of which would have allowed them
That is , what they do and why they do it are the expression of the institutions ,
beliefs , and values of the particular society into which the individuals composing
it have been socialized , which they did not create as individuals , and which will
Hvirfingr , ' circle ' , in its most primitive sense , could apparently denote important
associations of individuals who wished to obtain a particular objective : ' All those
who , at any particular time , had a strong reason for uniting together by the ...
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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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