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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... it is irrelevant what the sex or race of the individual is ; only the individual and
his or her capabilities matter . This would hold even if the larger groups of which
that individual is a part might differ , on the average , in particular capabilities ...
The cluster mediates between the individual leader and the larger society ; it may
refer , Mead points out , to the members ... In each of these cases , a cluster of
individuals centers about an individual or a small group of individuals of unusual
This individual fits Darlington ' s second order of individuals : those who seek an
environment that suits them — the most ... Able to conceive an alternative
environment , this individual may find the occasion and the incentive to try to
change his ...
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