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SOCIETY. A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose.
     2. Societies are either incorporated and known to the law, or unincorporated, of which the law does not generally take notice.
     3. By civil society is usually understood a state, (q.v.) a nation, (q.v.) or a body politic. (q.v.) Rutherf. Inst. c. 1 and 2.
     4. In the civil law, by society is meant a partnership. Inst. 3, 26; Dig. 17, 2 Code, 4, 37.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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On the other hand, the best anthropological evidence is that pre-agricultural human societies were relatively egalitarian.
Guns, Germs and Steel presents a rigorously argued and comprehensive theory about the evolution of human societies that demolishes archaic notions of racial superiority and, in doing so, embraces an implicit but compelling message of respect for all peoples and all cultures.
In general, war shapes human societies by requiring that they possess two things: one, some group or class of men (and, in some historical settings, women) who are trained to fight; and, two, the resources to arm and feed them.
(*) `Guns, Germs and Steel: the fates of human societies' by Jared Diamond, WW Norton & Co, New York and London, 1997.
For most of the history of our species, human societies had rules and customs which had the effect of limiting the exploitation of biological resources.
xliv]), the fact that Mandeville uses the beehive analogy suggests the existence of similarities between insect societies and human societies that are instructive in understanding human societies.
As Professor Tullock notes, "Our [human] societies are too diverse and, for that matter, too radically different from nonhuman societies for an hereditary component to be even remotely as close and as sizeable as it is with ants." Human societies are characterized by hierarchies and markets for exchange.
Of course, it may help if you know that English is a Germanic language at base, even with the Mediterranean Latin-and-Greek superstructure which has more recently imposed itself upon England's language that makes life so difficult for its learners the whole world over, indeed, even for many of those whose mother tongue it is.Dholuo, my own Nilotic mother tongue, simply does not have such a problem because the leading classes of Dholuo speakers never colonised any societies too far away from home or as conceitedly as the Englanders have recently colonised human societies the whole world over.
Scubla explores what motivates the organization of human societies, examining history and contemporary society at the intersection of anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, and arguing that the desire and organization of human societies is based on masculine envy for womenAEs power to give birth and maintain filial relationships.
Islam, he said, has succeeded in "penetrating all layers of humanity" and continues to spread among all human societies.
London, July 21 (ANI): It was only 30,000 years ago, when life expectancy began to grow, that grandparents came into being and helped early human societies to expand, researchers have revealed.
Substitute parents; biological and social perspective on alloparenting across human societies.