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 category of elderhood , which is given corporate existence by age - grouping
systems , is inherently opposed , in the functions of blessing and mediation , to
the brute force of the warriors , who are subordinated to the wisdom and religious
When an ancestor cult exists , it seems that the representative of the senior line
normally has special or even unique religious access to the ancestors . 4. The
inheritable nature of religious capacities means that whole descent groups may ...
While all these religious obligations were at one level the obvious result of
Christianity , the basic religious nature of the guilds can be traced to pagan
origins . The direct ancestors of the medieval guilds did not appear in
Scandinavia , but ...
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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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