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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... continuum just mentioned . Cosmopolitans , in other words , should be much
more future oriented than locals . Thus , whenever the local and cosmopolitan
distinction is employed , the likely distinctions in time horizon should be kept in ...
12 ) , directly influenced by Merton ' s distinction between locals and
cosmopolitans , makes a parallel distinction between “ person - oriented ” and “
object - oriented ” people . The latter strives for some “ object ” that “ can be
conceptualized in ...
This distinction , Gans ( p . 91 , ft . 12 ) informs us , is “ ' inspired most directly ” by
Merton ' s distinction between locals and cosmopolitans . It is not surprising ,
therefore , that our local - cosmopolitan dimension dovetails with Gans ' s
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