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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It is necessary , however , to distinguish between ' components ' and ' units ' .
Components ... In the case of biology it is clear that the basic unit of composition
is the cell and that the unit of replication , of heredity , is the gene . But even here
Certain subsystems may have individuals as their unitsthe unit of the
demographer's ' population ' is clearly ' the individual ' , as is the unit of '
admittances to public amusement parks ' — but taking social systems in general ,
it is fallacious to ...
It is not possible , for instance , to use in payment several pieces of lower
denomination instead of a higher unit , or several nko moneys instead of a ndap
money . Tradition has fixed the amount and the denomination of the units which
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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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