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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... I simply mean social attachments, may take different forms and may be
differently based.3 Kin bonds are in effect inherited, as with parent- offspring
bonds in general, and mother-child bonds in particular. From a sociobiological
The relevant, if still controversial theories of sociobiology, the pertinent ...
Although Gilligan does not attempt to provide an underlying rationale for this
dichotomy, it has been provided by sociobiological theory. Dawkins (1976),
Wilson (1978), ...
First, although it is well to recognize that sociobiological thinking is by no means
monolithic, its tendency is to typologize differences. It is precisely this typology—
women as more passive and dependent, men the reverse—that Hrdy , writing as
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