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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Huizinga long ago noted the essential resemblance between play and ritual , in
so far as both constitute formal activities that take place outside the constraints of
immediate material interests , and create a different world in a time and space of
While this official had a ritual responsibility for blessing the warriors before a raid
, and was rewarded with a share of the booty , there is no suggestion that only he
, or any of the lesser ritual experts , had any exclusive right to sacrifice .
In the Konso lineage , for example , the ritual and moral authority of the poĝalla is
simply inherited through eldest sons , and among the Bantu and Hottentots of
southern Africa the kinship system ' stresses the importance of seniority in terms
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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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