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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... referred to as the ' infrastructure ' ) , occupies a key position with regard to the
rest of society , whose institutions and beliefs it determines either directly ( e.g.
Leslie White and Marvin Harris ) , or ultimately and indirectly ( e.g. Marx ) .
In short , there is nothing to suggest that the rise of dynastic authority in southern
Mesopotamia was linked to the administrative requirements of a major canal
system . ( Adams 1960b : 281 ) Again , with regard to the significance of large -
They meet , unless there be some unforeseen and sudden emergency , on days
set apart — when the moon , that is , is new or at the full : they regard this as the
most auspicious herald for the transaction of business ... It is a foible of their ...
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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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