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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... Lévi - Strauss , from which I should like to disassociate myself . Of course , if we
take ' structure ' to mean something like the idea of the mutual relations of the
constituent parts or elements of a whole as defining its peculiar nature or
In this respect societies have a number of very important structural our
knowledge of the whole , even though we cannot dismantle either . But when we
consider these systems as processes in time , his argument is plainly false ,
because the ...
The inheritable nature of religious capacities means that whole descent groups
may have special religious status , in the sense that they are all priests , or are
the group from whom alone priests must be selected . In these respects religious
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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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