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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Since the parents ' own genes influence the environment that they provide , it is
clearly extremely difficult to disentangle the ... But whatever the case , the impact
of both influences upon the child is bound to be profound and constitute an ...
A mentalist perspective does not deny the influence of irrational or of blindly
internal or external factors of genetic or environmental origin . It simply denies
that all conscious thoughts can be understood solely by reference to lower - level
A recognition of the informal sphere of influence of the network — an influence in
no way diminished , but perhaps even heightened by its informal foundations -
graphically changes such a perspective . Heclo ( 1978 , p . 102 ) , for example ...
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