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

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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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Meet the Author

ELLIOTT WHITE is Professor of Political Science at Temple University, Japan.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Brains, Bonds, and Politics
Ch. 2 Brains, Bonds, and Bureaucracy: Public Administration from a Neuropolitical Perspective 19
Ch. 3 Shadow Networks and Self-Selection: The Neuropolitics of Covert Action 41
Pt. II The Neuropolitics of Local-Cosmopolitan Self-Selection
Ch. 4 Locals, Cosmopolitans, and Politics: A Neuropolitical Perspective 71
Ch. 5 The Founding Fathers as Cosmopolitans: The Neuropolitics of the Constitution 87
Pt. III The Neuropolitics of Alienation
Ch. 6 Gene-Environment Interaction: The Neuropolitics of Alienation 109
Ch. 7 Self-Selection and Sexual Politics 141
References 175
Index 189
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