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The Essential Factors of Social Evolution

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ISBN 9780674732186

Publication: January 1935

Available 10/01/2013

564 pages


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Thomas Carver emphasizes the idea of survival value as the leading factor in the evolutionary process. This definitely connects social with biological evolution and shows that social evolution is merely a continuation of the process of biological evolution through variation and selection. In social evolution, however, variation among social groups and the survival of the adapted groups is added to the biologist’s variation among individuals and the survival of adapted individuals. Carver not merely expresses his own views on social life but also brings out in clear relief the leading ideas of the various writers in the specific field of sociology. The book will accordingly prove an excellent textbook for college courses as well as a most enlightening discussion for the general reader.