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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One major problem in cross - cultural research for many years was to obtain a
representative sample of societies so that on the one hand distortions produced
by diffusion or common origin ( " Galton's Problem ' ) are minimized , but that , on
... because there may be only a very limited number of organizational possibilities
, or because it is simply easy to produce . ... is universal in primitive society not
because it is adaptive , but because there are many different factors producing it .
The propensity for conquest to produce class differences of ethnic nature is , of
course , well known : the kingdom of Ankole in Uganda is a clear example of
such a class society based upon the conquest of the agricultural Bairu 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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