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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Most of the examples used come from American experience , but references are
also made to experiences elsewhere , both geographically and historically , to
augment and universalize the discussion . The emphasis in Part I on the
Each of these circles forms a self - conscious network , based on a set of shared
experiences , triumphs , tragedies and misadventures , especially vivid to those
who were there . If past experience is any guide , those shared experiences in
von Uexüll postulated some time ago , has a “ world ” and an “ experience ” of its
own , and its own “ umwelt . ” “ Humans do not exist simply in a physical world , ”
writes Weissman and Gorman ( 1977 , p . 6 ) , “ they experience and inhabit a ...
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