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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The writings of the British structural - functionalists , in particular , are filled with
evolutionary statements , of which I shall quote a small sample here : As political
organization develops there is an increasing differentiation whereby certain ...
When we talk of ' a society ' we normally have in mind a political unit , yet
obviously there are many other societal bonds that do not conform to political
boundaries : culture , religion , political ideology , language , economics , and
H The community has a single leader or headman but lacks other political offices
other than , at most , an informal council of elders . D The community had dual or
plural headman with distinct but co - ordinate authority but lacks a complex ...
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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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