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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FRAMEWORK The remainder of this volume will incorporate an IMPish approach
to a number of areas of social and political importance. Given the relative youth of
the life sciences directly concerned with human action— for example, ...
... Equal Rights Amendment, it is necessary to introduce, as shown in Table 7.3,
an expanded outline of differing local-cosmopolitan orientations, their possible
political ramifications, and the special emphasis that women may invest in them.
Such reactive politics, from a cosmopolitan perspective, invite being stamped as "
reactionary." Community locals may possess highly effective political skills. Their
space-time horizon remains sufficiently broad to permit the formulation of ...
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