Genes, Brains, and Politics: Self-selection and Social Life
Praeger, 1993 - 193 sidor
White moves from a simple proposition maintaining that all individuals seek suitable surroundings to propose a provocative approach to social and political action. Rooting his position in modern life sciences and particularly in sociobiology and neurobiology, he establishes an IMPish model that is interactional, mentalist, and populational. Interactional in that both heredity and environment are credited for due influence on individuals' traits; mentalist in that individuals' actions can be purposeful rather than simply determined; and populational in his insistence that the unique persona must not be slighted in the rush to fashion statistics.
Applying his behavioral principles most notably relevant to self-selection and using examples derived from modern political action, White examines the importance of these fundamental orientations in the social and political orders. The work has implications for policy assessment and re-formulation. It constitutes a challenge to much of the widely accepted contemporary political theory and public policy approaches.
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Luker ( 1984 , p . 206 ) cites one pro - life activist as opposing the ERA because
we are “ on a pedestal , why should we go down to being equal ? ” The sexually (
as against fully ) competitive woman openly covets “ the pedestal ” of a protected
Where does self - selection come into the picture ? As Luker noted , while almost
80 percent of the pro - life women were Catholic , only 58 percent were raised in
that religion . And while absolutely none of the activist pro - choice women in this
Just as they initiated abortion reform in California ( Luker 1984 ) and a number of
other urban states before Roe , they initiated the ERA . But the limitation of their
cosmopolitan orientation , as already noted , is their urban , national focus ; that ...
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