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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Intuitively, we understand that members of the same species, with the same basic
genetic heritage and therefore basically similar brains, will more readily
communicate among themselves as opposed to among members of other
Rather, individuals sharing similar genes for key psychological traits that are
neurobiologically based and who also, like all individuals, share a common
desire to select congenial environments, will form social attachments if the
When placing the mutual-interest/proximity distinction within the neuropolitical
perspective on bonding that was developed in chapter 2, the key assumption is
that individuals tend to bond with others with whom they share relatively similar ...
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