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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... second, it sets the tone for future action. Any subsequent activity would appear
more moderate in comparison and, hence, legitimate, even though the Watergate
break-in was unconstitutional and would result in the removal of a president.
As we've seen, given a common ideological motivation, not all individuals in a
given population will respond equally. And although those who do respond may
then acquire a personal stake in the activity, that likelihood does not explain why,
... majority who are more closely Table 7.3 Relationship of Local-Cosmopolitan
Orientations, Political Activity, and Likely Female Emphasis Local -Cosmopolitan
Orientations Political Activity Likely Female Emphasis International Cosmopolitan
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