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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Mutual interest , then , is necessarily a component of cosmopolitan ties and
proximity a component of localistic . Nevertheless , the proximity in local
relationships suggests a mutuality of interest . At least this is so if a
sociobiological perspective ...
1 . The Socio - Cultural Dimension Merton ( 1957 , p . 393 , fn . 7 ) notes that his
local - cosmopolitan typology is based upon “ Toennies ' well - known distinction
between Gemeinschaft ( localistic ) and Gesellschaft ( cosmopolitan ) . ” Too rigid
For a localistic community , we again rely on the Boston West End , described by
Gans ( 1965 ) , and its response to the urban redevelopment during the 1950s
that would clear the area and relocate its residents . Although the West Enders ...
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