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

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

by Elliott WhiteElliott White


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275944681
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/21/1993
Series: Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

ELLIOTT WHITE is Professor of Political Science at Temple University, Japan. He is the author of The End of the Empty Organism (Praeger, 1992), the editor of Sociobiology and Human Politics (1981), and the co-editor (with Joseph Losco) of Biology and Bureaucracy (1986).

Table of Contents


Brains, Bonds, and Politics

Brains, Bonds, and Bureaucracy

Shadow Networks and Self-Selection

The Neuropolitics of Local-Cosmopolitan Self-Selection

Locals, Cosmopolitans, and Politics

The Neuropolitics of the Constitution

The Neuropolitics of Alienation

Gene-Environment Interaction

Self-Selection and Sexual Politics



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