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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... thereby forming a key part of one ' s environment ) , it becomes clearly a
mistake to ignore or minimize individual variations , as behavioral scientists and
those wedded to the goal of a hard systematic human science are in fact prone to
Networks may flourish within formal organizations , but they clearly need not be
isomorphic with the organizational membership . More than one network , after all
, may coexist with others within the same organization . More importantly , a ...
There seems clearly to be a process of cosmopolitan self - selection at work in
her moving out West to study psychology at the University of California at
Berkeley upon graduation from Smith , and in her eventual ( if temporary )
sojourn to ...
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