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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Numerous other alternatives , however , are often possible as well , and for the
most part have little or no relation to specific types of subsistence . Those
anthropologists , then , who expect to be able to prove that in this particular
Only with the emergence of the state , in his view , could membership of the same
local area be the basis of social relations . In fact , it is clear from many
ethnographic sources that common residence involves distinct and specific ...
In one sense the distinction being made here resembles that between general
and specific evolution , but it must be emphasized that Sahlins and Service
discuss specific evolution in terms of the diversity created by adaptation to local ...
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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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