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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General theory , or ' grand ' theory , as he prefers to call it , is apparently like
some kind of cosmology , a matter of faith : ' One can spend one's time arguing
about essentially theological world - views and occasionally using bits and
pieces of ...
Following Rindos ( 1984 ) I shall refer to this theory as ' cultural selectionism ' .
There is clearly much that is plausible in such an explanation of social evolution .
12 We are familiar with many types of institution and invention that have ...
One of the basic problems for functionalist theory , as we shall see , is the
extreme difficulty of specifying any basic functional requirements for all societies
that are not empty and trivial . So Parson's list of ' pattern maintenance ' , '
integration ' ...
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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
Darwinism and Social Evolution
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