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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Action - oriented individuals tend to be disproportionately male ( MacDonald
1988a , 229 – 33 ) . From childhood , males tend to engage in more rough and
tumble play than females , to take more chances , and to shun more routine and ...
... evidence suggests that action - orientedness is genetically influenced and that
it is significantly associated with aggression , that is , more action - oriented
individuals tend to be more aggressive in behavior ( see MacDonald 1988a , pp .
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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