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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The introduction of a genetic dimension to behavior does not rule out the
autonomy and significance of mental states of mind. As the title of Katz's book,
Seductions of Crime: The Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil (1988)
indicates, the ...
4), this individual operates more "in terms of multiple alternatives (within a more
complex and dimension- alized space) rather than in terms of bifurcated black-
white categories." The "objective" environment assumes reality for an individual
The local-cosmopolitan formulation outlined in chapter 5 presumably applies
equally by sex, and represents a qualification of earlier formulations of the local-
cosmopolitan dimension (Merton 1957; Dye 1966) that were implicitly ...
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