Genes, Brains, and Politics: Self-Selection and Social Life

Genes, Brains, and Politics: Self-Selection and Social Life

by Elliott White
     
 

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275944681
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1993
Series:
Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence Series
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1Introduction1
Pt. IBrains, Bonds, and Politics
Ch. 2Brains, Bonds, and Bureaucracy: Public Administration from a Neuropolitical Perspective19
Ch. 3Shadow Networks and Self-Selection: The Neuropolitics of Covert Action41
Pt. IIThe Neuropolitics of Local-Cosmopolitan Self-Selection
Ch. 4Locals, Cosmopolitans, and Politics: A Neuropolitical Perspective71
Ch. 5The Founding Fathers as Cosmopolitans: The Neuropolitics of the Constitution87
Pt. IIIThe Neuropolitics of Alienation
Ch. 6Gene-Environment Interaction: The Neuropolitics of Alienation109
Ch. 7Self-Selection and Sexual Politics141
References175
Index189

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