Vavilov Centers or Vavilov Cultures? Evidence for the Law of Homologous Series in World System Evolution

Автор: Plachetka, Uwe Christian - подписаться на статьи автора
Журнал: Social Evolution & History. Volume 19, Number 2 / September 2020 - подписаться на статьи журнала


In this paper Vavilov centers, which are crop biodiversity hotspots, are considered as agricultural areas of original crop evolution and crop diversity and therefore as pristine information-based World Systems. The relevant information is the DNA of the cultivars. Therefore, the concept of Vavilov cultures is presented here to identify some enabling and constraining conditions of the developments of regional socio-economic systems. These conditions are considered as the regime, such evolutionary processes are subject to. This issue is not clear to the eyes. The conceptual application of Vavilov's law of homologous series to socio-ecological evolution holds true for Vavilov cultures.

Keywords: Vavilov, Word-System analysis, Neolithic revolution, agricultural anthropology.

Uwe Christian PlachetkaInstitute of Risk Research – University of Vienna more