chapter  12
Nice Guys DON’T Finish Last: Aggressive and Appeasement Gestures in Media Images of Politicians
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Biopolitics has begun to emerge as a new perspective in the study of politics (Somit, 1976; Watts, 1981; White, 1981; Wiegele, 1979). Building on the impressive and varied advances in the biological sciences over the last generation, political scientists have explored the political implications of psychophysiology (Tursky, Lodge & Cross, 1976; Wiegele, 1978; psychopharmacology (Somit, 1968; Stephens, 1970); genetic engineering (Blank, 1981), ethology (Barner-Barry, 1981; Corning, 1971; Schubert, 1981; Willhoite, 1971); and evolutionary theory (Corning, in press; Mas­ ters, 1975; in press; Pettman, 1981). A recent bibliography of works in “biopolitics” (Somit, Peterson, Richardson & Goldfischer, 1980) includes 288 items published since 1963. Indeed, it has been argued that biology can and should provide the unifying “paradigm” for the entire discipline of political science (Wahlke, 1979).