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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( Gombrich 1963 : 14 ) Symbolism and metaphor in general accommodate to the
natural properties and associations of objects , but also assimilate these
properties and associations into cultural systems of meaning in a selective and
All hierarchies have certain structural properties that allow the relations between
large numbers of persons to be co - ordinated , because they drastically reduce
the number of interactions in a network that are necessary to disseminate ...
To explain this process , however , we do not rely on the notions of adaptation
and function , but on the multiple properties of institutions , and the fact that the
same institutions may be adopted for a variety of different reasons . As a result ...
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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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