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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These symptoms were identified by generalizing on the basis of an examination
of the decisions made by the American government in four crisis situations: the
immediate pre-Pearl Harbor situation, the response to the invasion of North
"Then let us improve or change our present course of action," may well be the
cosmopolitan response. If this response finds reinforcement in a social network
composed of like-minded individuals, then the "hypertrophy" that Wilson (1978) ...
Case Studies: Response to Urban Renewal Two communities, at polar ends of
the local-cosmopolitan continuum, illustrate likely differences in political activities
by a focus on their differential response to urban redevelopment.
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