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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Widespread citizen participation produced equally widespread public
acceptance of the plan ” ( Rossi and Dentler 1961 , p . 5 ) . The contrast with the
West End urban development is apparent : the almost total absence of
organization in the ...
Environmentalists cannot admit that circumstances may be overwhelming , at
least , insofar as they tacitly adhere to a premise that is egalitarian and utopian ,
one that endows every individual equally with seemingly unlimited potential .
But both views cannot equally hold , furthermore , both are in conflict with the
contemporary feminist position of the fully competitive woman . This perspective ,
which sees women as the equal of men in every important respect and which
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