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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Each basic trait has a number of different possible forms , and I give those for '
marital residence ' ( Column 16 , Ethnographic Atlas , Murdock 1967 ) as an
example . For this trait there are at least the following variants : avunculocal ,
If these types of relationship are explicitly differentiated from one another , it is
then possible for specialized forms of each to be elaborated . For instance , there
are 6 possible forms of relation 2 ( Descent ) , as shown in Table 23 . Table 23.
And if it is true that functional efficiency is an emergent property of evolution we
shall Even when many cultural options seem theoretically possible , it is striking
that man commonly utilises only a small fraction of them . Thus the 11 basic
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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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