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 clearest way to illustrate our central theme is by imagining an individual who
for some reason cannot conceptually transcend immediate time and space - a
two - year - old , for example , or a severely retarded or brain - damaged person .
... confined to the immediate apprehension of the given thing or situation in its
particular unique sense . . . . [ Their ) thinking and acting is directed by the
immediate claims which one particular aspect of the Gene - Environment
tied to their immediate neighborhood ( as was graphically the case with Gans ' s
West Ender ) . The local , whose vision is more narrowly circumscribed , is more
likely to be tied to more traditional ways of thinking and living ; thus he or she may
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