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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People as well as formal positions must be studied in organizational clusters .
Mead ( 1964 , p . 176 ) makes this point when she concludes : “ A stupid man
who holds the position of a hereditary chief will play a different role from a stupid
Self - Selection and Intelligence The position required is one that avoids either a
wholly typological or populational position . Hence the concrete - abstract
dichotomy described thus far is too stark . Indeed , if each human genotype is
Since no society sustains more than a relatively small number of intellectually
abstract positions , an accident of birth or of ... If all individual abilities and
environmental demands in society were more or less in balance ( position 1 , i ; 2
, ii ; 3 , iii ...
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