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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Self-selection and Social Life Elliott White. restricted in our analysis . Second ,
Merton employs two polar types , although he acknowledges ( 1957 , p . 393 , fn .
8 ) that " an intermediate type ” might also evolve on further investigation .
In any case , we propose the following local - cosmopolitan continuum based
upon these differing types of patterns of social interaction : 1 . the social isolate ,
who has no informal web of social ties at all , that is , no social network .
Self-selection and Social Life Elliott White. hearing the same news over and over
again , like his “ close - knit ” counterpart , he is apt to receive a wider variety of
information from more diverse sources and so becomes more generally informed
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